Luristan Spouted Jar with Quadruped Handle

£ 825.00

A finely modelled Iron Age Luristan zoomorphic spouted jar, with a prominent, diagonal beaked spout raising from a bulbous body. The handle to the shoulder formed in the shape of a stylised quadruped, decorated with small pellets, reminiscent of repoussé rivets on paralleled metal wares. A short, horizontal supporting strut, embellished with a stylised bird’s head, bridges the long, slender spout and the vessel’s rim.

Date: Circa 9th-8th century BC
Period: Iron Age II-III
Provenance: From an old Tokyo collection; formerly the property of a Japanese gentleman since the late 1980s.
Condition: Fine condition, with handle repaired.

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In the Iron Age II-III, pottery and metal vessels, with a long, beaked spout, are defined as ‘pitchers’. Innovative elements such as, plain or twisted handles and cylindrical or tripod stands were commonly added to pottery versions, during the Iron Age. Spouted jar, ornamented with zoomorphic terminals and a quadruped handle, were imitations of their metal counterparts. Pottery vessels of such a type, during the Iron Age period, often feature small pellets around the handle area, reminiscent of the repoussé technique that was frequently applied on the Iron Age metal ware’s surfaces.  Zoomorphic vessels of this type, were clearly designed as a pouring vessel, but they might have been used in a particular funerary ritual occasion.


Weight 950 g
Dimensions W 35.6 x H 17.3 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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