Near East, Iran, Parthian, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A striking, wheel-made ceramic vase of a classic amphora form with a globular body, narrow cylindrical neck, flared rim, and twin, triple-reeded strap handles, all upon a short, round foot. The beautiful turquoise glaze presents lovely craquelure, its color, largely due to the presence of copper oxide in an alkaline base in the glaze, was most likely made to imitate Chinese celadon ware. Absolutely stunning! Size: 8.5" in diameter x 12" H (21.6 cm x 30.5 cm)
Pottery manufacture has had a long and vibrant history in Iran. Because of its particular geographical position, being at the crossroads of ancient civilizations situated on significant caravan routes, almost every region of Iran was involved in the creation of ceramics and their wares were influenced by those of other locales.
Provenance: Ex-private east coast, USA collection acquired in the 1960's; Ex-Christie's, New York, 9 December 2015, Lot 110; Ex-William Froelich, NY, acquired from Boris Mussienko, Upper Marlboro, MD in 1982
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