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Spouted vessel in the shape of a bull

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Rhyton in shape of bull from Amlash. Red-ware with spots of black paint. Complete, but hump made up of numerous original fragments. Bull-shaped vessels of this type have been found in important tombs. Bulls were usually identified with a powerful god or with strength and male sexual potency.

Provenance

Said to be from Amlash. By 1961: Audrey M. Redwine collection, McLean, VA; 1961: purchased by the MFA from Audrey M. Redwine. (Accession Date: May 10, 1961)

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund

Near Eastern, Iranian, Iron Age, 10th–9th century B.C.

Object Place for Label

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Amlash, Iran

Dimensions

Length: 25.5 cm (10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

61.381

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels