Ram-Shaped Jug



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.