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Jar with bulls

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This buff ware vessel with purplish brown painted decoration is characteristic of the luxury ceramics found at Tepe Sialk in Iran. Its upper surface is painted with a frieze of highly stylized bulls. This motif, combined with the wavy vertical lines and swirling, wing-like columns, creates an...

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Probably north-central Iran (Tepe Sialk region). By 1961: William Kelly and Marilyn M. Simpson collection, New York (D. von Bothmer, Ancient Art from New York Private Collections [New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1961], p. 9, pl. 4); July 30, 1970: lent to the MFA by Mr. and Mrs. William Kelly Simpson; 1984: given to the MFA by William Kelly Simpson in memory of Marilyn M. Simpson. (Accession date: June 9, 1984)

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Gift of William Kelly Simpson in memory of Marilyn M. Simpson

Near Eastern, Iranian, Chalcolithic Period, 3600–3400 B.C.


Height: 33.5 cm (13 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Pottery (painted buff ware)


The Ancient World