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Large Persian Pottery Painted Avian Jar

Large Persian Pottery Painted Avian Jar

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Near Eastern: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1182440

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This large wheel thrown storage jar from Southwestern Iran, ca. 3rd millennium BCE, has a buff spherical body with a short neck and a wide mouth. The shoulder is decorated with two spread wing eagles facing left and two smaller birds in profile. The remainder of the body is ornamented with wavy lines. This particular eagle design has been found on numerous vessels excavated in Susa and nearby sites between 2400 and 2200 BCE. Some minor chips to ridge and some incrustation; otherwise in wonderful shape. For further study, see Kawami, Ancient Iranian Ceramics from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 1992, pp. 54-55 and 58-59.