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SPOUTED GRAY-WARE PITCHER

Iranian Plateau
Iron Age, Late 2nd-early 1st millennium B.C.
Baked clay, burnished
22.5 cm H, 34.4 cm W
Ex Ernst Herzfeld Collection, purchased in 1945
OIM A26005

Around 1200 B.C. monochrome wares were introduced in many parts of Iran and replaced the earlier painted pottery. These new, frequently burnished, wares occur in both a reddish-orange and a dark gray variety. The gray wares, of which this long-spouted pitcher is a characteristic example, were given their color by special firing in an oxygen-reducing atmosphere. They appear to have been ceramic imitations of metal vessels.


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