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 were clearly designed as pouring vessels, but they might have been also used during religious occasions.
Amalsh Terracotta Amphora
A finely modelled Amlash red terracotta amphora featuring a globular body rising from a flat base, a short neck, and a wide, flaring rim. Two applied handles, each at each side of the vessel, extend from the shoulder to the rim and appear formed in shapes resembling the profiles of cranes.
Condition: Fine, minor chip to the rim. Earthly encustation to the surface.