This is a magnificent object from Southern Iran that comes from a world famous collection and has been published!
It is a rare buff pottery vessel, wheel-thrown in the shape of a beaker, with two small suspension lugs at the rim. The incurved base is decorated by textured ribbing, to which red-brown paint has been added. Above this there are three registers, separated by horizontal incisions and decorated in red-brown paint. The lower one has a series of triangles in a linear pattern, alternating with solid painted triangles. The middle register has a net pattern consisting of cross-hatched lines, and the top one combines the net pattern and a series of solid coloured triangles. There is a dot pattern in red-brown on the rim.
Trudy S Kawami, Ancient Iranian Ceramics from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections (Abrams, 1992), p. 219, no. 128, illustrated.
Early 1st millennium B.C.
Height 19.8 cm.
Arthur M. Sackler collection, acquired about 1970, accession no. S-3229.
Intact with some paint loss as shown; some calcified encrustation on the interior. A wonderful piece with vibrant colour.