13 June 2000
A PARTHIAN BURNISHED TERRACOTTA HORSE-SHAPED VESSEL
circa 3rd-1st century b.c.
The body formed of two bulbous shapes, the central spout at the join with a flaring rim, a handle bridging to the hind-quarters, the front with a hand-modelled horse protome with a handle, the ears open to the hollow cavity, with stamped eyes, with deep nostrils, the harness impressed on to the surface, the stylized fore-legs rendered as two open spouts, with a small knob at the rear
8¾ in. (22.2 cm) high
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For a Parthian vessel of similar form see no. 161, p. 225 in Kawami, Ancient Iranian Ceramics from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections.
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