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 stylistically and typologically been inspired by bronze wares. Differing from its Luristan counterparts, Amalsh Iron Age pottery tradition favoured bird iconographies as a conventional artistic repertoire. Terracotta vessels of this type might have been used as everyday items or as ritual vessels during religious ceremonies.
Amlash Beige Pottery Jar
A nicely rendered Amlash beige pottery jar, featuring a globular body, rising from a flat base, a short neck and a flaring rim. The vessel is further enriched by delicate decorative register running across the upper body. The decorative motif comprises a well-balanced petal-shaped pattern, rendered alternatively in bright orange, white and ochre pigment. The addition of black pigment to the petals’ borders emphasises the sense of volume of the composition.
Condition: Very fine, partly missing rounded bottom.