The term ‘Amlash Culture’, has generally been used to designate the material cultures excavated at Gilan, an archaeological site of ancient Iran, and refers to a group of Iron Age pottery and metal executions with a strong visual character. Most of the Amlash pottery vessels are believed to have been stylistically and typologically inspired by bronze wares of the same period. Differing from its Luristan counterparts, Amalsh Iron Age pottery tradition favoured bird iconographies as their conventional repertoire. Terracotta vessels of this type were clearly designed as pouring vessels, but they might have been used in a particular funerary ritual and ceremonial occasion.
Amlash Spouted Jar with Stag Shaped Handle
A finely modelled Ancient Near Eastern Amlash spouted jar featuring a prominent, long beaked spout rising from a squat, globular body. The vessel features a flat base and a narrowed rim. A single applied handle extends from the vessel’s rim to its shoulder and has been modelled in the shape of a stylised stag. This spouted jar shows a strong stylistic adherence to Luristan counterparts. However, the flattened head of the quadruped and the slightly ridged tubular spout might suggests a typical Amlash practice.
Condition: Fine, complete and intact. Remains of original white slip.