Vessel in the Form of a Quadruped
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.
7 1/4 x length 10 11/16 in. (18.4 x 27.1 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, NYC, in memory of James F. Romano
An oval vessel resting at a slight angle on four round legs with a small open mouth and a handle rising from the back. A horizontal neck encircled by three subtle ribs terminates in an animal head of undetermined species having two small pointed ears or horns and two round eyes. The hollow muzzle serves as a spout. The back of the hindquarters is flat with no suggestion of a tail.
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Vessel in the Form of a Quadruped, 250-50 B.C.E. Clay, slip, 7 1/4 x length 10 11/16 in. (18.4 x 27.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, NYC, in memory of James F. Romano, 2015.65.11. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2015.65.11_PS9.jpg)
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