Painted vessel with bridge-spout


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

This type of painted pottery is a local central Iranian variation of the Grey Ware typical of sites of this period in northern Iran. In the early centuries of the first millennium BC new forms of a type of pottery called Late Western Grey Ware emerged. This bridge-spouted vessel is typical. Similar jars with long spouts are known earlier, but now have the addition of a bridge between the rim and the spout. The popularity of bridge-spouted jars in pottery is probably a reflection of the widespread use of sheet-metal versions during this period in Iran. They were used for poring liquids, possibly wine. The painted decoration on this vessel combines bold animal designs with a chequered panel that may be inspired by contemporary patterned textiles such as rugs. Sadly, however, organic materials such as cloth rarely survive from ancient periods in Iran.

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  • Title: Painted vessel with bridge-spout
  • Date Created: -999/-800
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 18.00cm; Length: 38.00cm (with spout); Diameter: 11.80cm (rim); Diameter: 20.00cm (body); Diameter: 7.90cm (base)
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: handmade; painted
  • Subject: animal
  • Registration number: 1937,0410.1
  • Production place: Made in Tepe Sialk
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Tepe Sialk
  • Period/culture: Iron Age II
  • Material: pottery
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from Moussa, Jacob