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Twin-Spouted Vessel with Mountain Goat Handles

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Ancient Iranian Ceramics

These ceramics demonstrate ancient Iranian artists’ interest in creating containers and other ritual instruments in the shape of mammals or birds. This tradition was of incredible duration, stretching back to about 3000 B.C.E. of the Neolithic period and lasting as late as the sixth century C.E. These shapes relate Iranian art to the customs of neighboring regions of Mesopotamia, Greece, and Central Asia where animal art also played an integral role.
MEDIUM Clay, slip
DATES 250-100 B.C.E.
PERIOD Early Parthian Period
DIMENSIONS height 13 1/16 x diam. 10 1/2 x width 8 1/16 in. (33.1 x 26.6 x 20.4 cm)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, NYC, in memory of James F. Romano
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION An amphora-like vessel with an oval body and a tall neck with a flaring rim. Pair of handles in the form of mountain goats rise from the shoulder. The body and legs of each simplified goat form a loop-like handle while the large horns of the turned back head sweep upwards to touch the rim of the neck. The two small "feet" at the base of the vessel are hollow and function as spouts. One side of the belly is painted with a pair of nested triangles having solid centers; the other side has a sloppy net-like pattern of red lines.
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