Near East, Iran, Tepe Giyan, ca. 2800 to 1800 BCE. A rare form of bichrome earthenware jar with a large, bulbous body that tapers to a flat base and is corseted at the neck before widening into a flared rim. It is hand painted in dark brown hues on a tan buff ground with a stylized linear design from Tepe Giyan (a tepe or Persian tappeh, "hill" or "mound") around its broad shoulder. The notable motif of the vessel is repeated three times: two birds, back to back, their bodies half-crescent forms and their small heads composed of a single dot for an eye and a long, needle-like beak. Giyan Tepe is an ancient, large archaeological mound site located in Lorestan province of western Persia. Excavations of Tepe Giyan first occurred in 1931-1932 sponsored by Musees Nationaux and the Ecole du Louvre under the directorship of George Contenau and Roman Ghirshman. Size: 9.75" W x 13" H (24.8 cm x 33 cm)
For similar examples, see "The World of Persian Pottery: Gluck Collection" (Tokyo, 1980)
Provenance: private southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s
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