A finely modelled Luristan red terracotta beaked vessel, featuring a squat body rising from a flat base and narrowing into an open mouth with a flat rim. The vessel features a prominent spout with the profile resembling a bird’s beak. A looped, zoomorphic handle in the shape of a quadruped is finely sculpted on the other side of the vessel.
Date: Circa 9th-8th century BC Condition: Fine condition, restoration to the rim.
During Iron Age in Iran, various regional cultures were known for producing zoomorphic potteries, imitating the style and decorative motif of paralleled metal wares of the same period. Among these cultures, Luristan artisans were credited for their creative imagination and sensitive aesthetic taste in rendering the elegant curves of metal prototypes with clay materials. Terracotta vessels, such as this fine example, might have been used as ritual objects or during funerary banquets.
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