Iron Age Amlash Jar with Stylised Stag-Shaped Handle


A finely moulded glossy reddish-orange Amlash jar of the early Iron Age, with a wide, globular body narrows into a funnel mouth. A strap handle, connects the rim and the shoulder, embellished with a stylised stag terminal. Incised dots, characteristic of the Amlash Iron Age potteries, decorate each side of the stag’s terminal and the handle.

Date: Circa 9th century BC
Period: Early Iron Age, Iron Age I-II
Provenance: From an old Tokyo collection; formerly the property of a Japanese gentleman since the late 1980s.
Condition: Very good condition. The rim has a small chip.


SKU: HL-07 Category: Tags: , , ,

The term ‘Amlash Culture’, has generally been used to designate the 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, featuring zoomorphic decorations that were applied on paralleled metal wares of the Iron Age, are believed to have stylistically and typologically been inspired by bronze wares. Differing from its Luristan counterparts, Amalsh Iron Age pottery tradition favoured stag iconographies and incised dots 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 occasion.



Weight 1000 g
Dimensions W 21 x H 32.5 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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