The term ‘Amlash Culture’, has generally been used to designate material cultures excavated at Gilan, an archaeological site of ancient Iran, and refers to a group of Iron Age pottery and metal executions with a strong visual character. Most of the Amlash pottery vessels are believed to have been stylistically and typologically inspired by bronze wares of the same period. Differing from its Luristan counterparts, Amalsh Iron Age pottery tradition favoured bird iconographies as their conventional repertoire. Terracotta vessels of this type were clearly designed as pouring vessels, but they might have been used in a particular funerary ritual and ceremonial occasion.
Amlash Grey Ware Pitcher
A finely modelled Amlash grey ware vessel featuring a globular body rising from flattened, round base. The long and prominent tubular sprout, formed in the shape of a bird’s beak, is characteristic of spouted vessels of this class. A single applied looped handle extends from the rim to the shoulder.
Condition: Fine condition, minor chip to the beak.