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Vessel with Two Feet

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Clay
  • Place Made: Iran
  • DATES ca. 1000-800 B.C.E.
    DIMENSIONS height: 18 7/8 in. (48 cm) diameter: 7 11/16 in. (19.5 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2015.65.28
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, NYC, in memory of James F. Romano
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION A tall vessel with an oval, almost bag-like body, a somewhat elongated neck with an everted rim and a pair of narrow curving handles that spring from the oblique shoulder to the neck. The lower portion of the vessel splits into two legs with well-modeled feet. Details such as ankle bones and the arch of each foot are rendered by modeled forms rather than incised lines. The overall effect is that of a wine- or waterskin rather than a ceramic vessel. It is likely that this association was intentional- as the light porous ceramic body of the vessel allows water to evaporate slowly through the sides, thus slightly cooling the remaining contents.
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