London, South Kensington
26 April 2012
A WESTERN ASIATIC PAINTED POTTERY JAR
TEPE GIYAN, CIRCA 2000 B.C.
The spherical body with flattened base, short neck and everted rim, with dark brown painted decoration around the broad shoulders, comprising multi-headed bird-like creatures with triangular bodies standing above similar creatures with striped rectangular bodies, interspersed with floral motifs, encircling wavy lines above and below
13¼ in. (33.5 cm.) high
with Wilhelm Henrich, Frankfurt, 1961.
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For a jar with almost identical painted stylised birds, cf. J. Curtis, Ancient Persia, London, 1989, p. 12, fig. 10 (British Museum inv. no. 120929).
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