<em>Twin-Spouted Vessel with Theriomorphic Handles</em>, 3rd–2nd century B.C.E. Clay, slip, 9 13/16 x Diam. 6 11/16 in. (25 x 17 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, NYC, in memory of James F. Romano, 2015.65.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2015.65.3_view01_PS11.jpg)

Twin-Spouted Vessel with Theriomorphic Handles

Medium: Clay, slip

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:3rd–2nd century B.C.E.

Dimensions: 9 13/16 x Diam. 6 11/16 in. (25 x 17 cm)


Accession Number: 2015.65.3

Image: 2015.65.3_view01_PS11.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Early Parthian; A jug with a wide neck and a flaring rim. A pair of handles in the shape of large-eared, or horned, animals rise from the shoulder of the vessel, the heads resting on and protruding over the rim. A band of paint marks the base of the neck and the middle of the belly. This space is filled on each side by a pair of stacked overlapping triangles with solid centers. At the top of each band is a long-beaked, long-tailed bird painted with quick angular strokes, the bird on one side being obliterated by a firing flaw. The rim of the jug has a painted band and the animal heads and backs have irregular painted lines. The mouth of the vessel is wide enough to disclose that the roughly formed handles were attached at the shoulders by punching a hole through the wall of the vessel and anchoring the clay to the interior surface of the pot.

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