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Spout in the form of a man's head

Period:
Parthian
Date:
ca. A.D. 1st–2nd century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Parthian
Medium:
Ceramic, glaze
Dimensions:
H. 20.9 cm
Classification:
Ceramics-Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Walter Hauser, 1956
Accession Number:
56.56
  • Description

    This spout displays the high degree of Hellenism seen in many examples of Parthian art. The mustache and beard were originally inlaid with shiny iron pyrites, pieces of which are still visible in the beard. The central parting of the hair is a distinctly Parthian feature also found on coins. The long, thin face and prominent nose suggest the likeness of an actual individual.

  • Provenance

    From 1948, on loan by Walter Hauser to the Museum (L.48.39); acquired by the Museum in 1956, gift of Walter Hauser, New York.

  • Exhibition History

    "The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West," The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, October 3, 2000–January 14, 2001.

  • References

    Easby, Dudley T. and James J. Rorimer. "Review of the Year 1956-1957." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 16 (2), Eighty-Seventh Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year 1956-1957 (Oct., 1957), p. 51.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Additions to the Collections." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 16 (2), Eighty-Seventh Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year 1956-1957 (Oct., 1957), p. 67.

    Asia Society. 1963. Iranian ceramics, exh. cat. New York: Asia House gallery, no. 14.

    Crawford, Vaughn E. et al. 1966. Guide to the Ancient Near East Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 35, fig. 55.

    Crawford, Vaughn E. 1965. "Some Notes from an Excavation." Apollo LXXXII, No. 43 (September 1965), p. 219, fig. 16.

    Harper, Prudence O. et al. 1983. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Selections from the Collection of the Ancient Near East Department, exh. cat. Tokyo: Chunichi Shimbun, no. 88.

    Harper, Prudence O. et al. 1984. "Ancient Near Eastern Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 41 (4), Spring 1984, p. 11, fig. 8.

    Evans, Jean M. 2000. In The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West, exh. cat. edited by Elizabeth J. Milleker. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 92, p. 120.

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