Ancient Near East, Amlash, ca. 1400 to 1000 BCE. A beautiful burnished brownware long-spouted pitcher - the overall form resembling a graceful abstract bird with a long beak and a curving neck - the rounded body of the vessel being the avian's body. The spout of the vessel is tastefully decorated with incised lines. Vessels like this were likely used to pour ritual libations during religious ceremonies, perhaps during burial rites as many have been found in burial sites. Size: 7.75" W x 3.875" H (19.7 cm x 9.8 cm)
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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