Of red burnished earthenware, the tapering globular body sits on a flat base, narrowing to a flat rim with a wide mouth, two curved zoomorphic handles applied on either side, with a band of incised crosshatched decoration that sits below the rim. A very good example of type.
Iranian ceramic vessels were used to store, transport, and serve food and drink. Most of the bowl, cups, jars, and other common shapes that persist for millennia, could have fufilled these basic purposes. Pots typically abound in domestic contexts. Occasionally certain shapes or features suggest more specialized roles in preparing or serving food. Many pots have also been recovered from burials, where they were commonly deposited with the deceased presumably to serve as food containers in the afterlife, and clay vessels were used in both elite and common burials.
Dimensions: Height: 11 1/4 inches (28.5 cm), Width: 13 3/4 inches (34.9 cm)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall. Great piece!
Provenance: The Hauge Collection of Ancient & Iranian Art, assembled between 1962 and 1966.