About this object

Pottery vessel with elongated neck and spout in form of a ram's head. Large oval body supported by three feet. The clay was burnished before firing to give a smooth and shiny surface but this is now pitted in places. Animal-shaped pottery vessels like this were produced during the Late Bronze Age (1700 - 1200 BC) in the are of north-west Iran known as Amlash. The site consisted of stone-and-clay tombs cut into a high rocky spur. The most distinctive are the spouted vases representing zebus, humped bull prized by the cattle-rearing people of this area. These types of pots were intended to contain liquids and probably had some ritual role in funerary practices.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Western Asia: Iran: Malek Tappeh
  • Date made
    1200 BC - 800 BC about
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from J. Möger, 1967
  • Collector
    Johan Möger
  • Place collected
    Asia: Western Asia: Iran: Malek Tappeh
  • Date collected
    1967 before
  • Measurements
    225 mm x 350 mm x 160 mm; 8 7/8 in x 13 3/4 in x 6 5/16 in
  • Note
    Bought with the aid of a grant from the Art Fund, 1967.
  • Related people
    Johan Möger ( Collector, previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Johan Möger

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1967
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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