Ancient Persian (Zywie or Hasanlu) Pottery Faience Coated Beige Vessel

Item Description

C. 2nd-1st Millennium BC

A finely moulded beige pottery storage jar with faience surfaces. It has a globular body which rises from a rounded base, leading to a narrowed neck and a thick rounded lip.

Intact with chipped rim and surfaces, with traces of blue/green faience remaining. The green is faience which has been applied to the pot. Stand included.

These vases were classified by S. Fukai according to their sizes. These jars seem to have been made in the the regions of Hasanlu and Ziwiye, in modern-day Western Iran, even if many examples were excavated in other Near-Eastern cities as Assur, Babylon and so on. While imitations of these vessels have been found as far away as the ancient Elam (Susa). The type of jars and comparable pieces have been found in tombs and the presence of the glaze, inside and out of the small jars indicates that they were intended to store and transport liquids that are thought to have been connected with funeral rites.

cfr: Fukai, S, Ceramics of Ancient Persia (New York-Tokyo and Kyoto, 1981, pp 8ff-nos 11-14

Busz R. and Gercke P, Türkis und Azur, Quarzkeramik im Orient und Okzident (Kassel 1999) pp 340-341 nor 152-154

Provenance; Ex O’Donovan Collection.

Size: 102mm height approx not including stand.



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