• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5487

    Antiquities

    29 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 254

    AN EARLY PARTHIAN POTTERY RAM VESSEL

    CIRCA 3RD-1ST CENTURY B.C.

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    AN EARLY PARTHIAN POTTERY RAM VESSEL
    CIRCA 3RD-1ST CENTURY B.C.
    The rounded body with long neck, incised decoration down its length, hollow muzzle forming the pouring spout, applied dots for eyes and ears, the curling horns now missing, cylindrical aperture emerging from its back, arched handle decorated with central rib, incised lines and applied dots at top and bottom, on three short tapering legs
    14 in. (35.5 cm.) long


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    A Thermoluminescence Analysis Report from the Research Laboratory for Archaeology, Oxford, dated December 1983 (no. 381j43) accompanies this lot.
    Cf. T. S. Kawami, Ancient Iranian Ceramics from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, New York, 1992, p. 225, nos 162 and 163 for similar.

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    Provenance

    English private collection, acquired in Lugano, Switzerland, 1967.