Marlik Terracotta Jug with Spindle Spout


A finely modelled terracotta jug dated to the Iron Age Marlik culture. The vessel’s globular body rises from a flat base, narrowing into a slender, spindle-shaped spout, which connects to a widening opening with a  flared rim. A cylindrical handle bridges the rim and the shoulder of the globular body.

Date: Circa late 2nd - 1st millennium BC
Condition: Fine, complete and intact.


Marlik was one of the most significant archaeological sites of Ancient Iran, to which a wide range of elaborate elite burial objects, made of varied media, have been attributed. Among those burial offerings, terracotta jugs, with slender, spindle-shaped spouts, were the most represented objects that have been extensively found in numerous elite tombs. This object might have been used as a pouring vessel, utilised by the elite classes of the Iron Age Iran.

Weight 1201.2 g
Dimensions W 15.2 x H 33.6 cm

Pottery and Porcelain


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