Spouted pot


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This pitcher has a squat, round body, a ring base, a carinated shoulder, a rounded rim and a basket handle. A tubular spout with ribbing emerges from the body of the pitcher. It is made of burnished grey clay. The body of the pitcher was likely made in two separate pieces on a wheel, with the spout and handle added later.

This pitcher was excavated from a grave at Dinkha Tepe in northwestern Iran. During the Iron Age Dinkha Tepe was a small settlement, probably ruled by Hasanlu, a major site fifteen miles to the east. Presumably this pitcher was used to pour a liquid containing dregs, such as wine, since the round body and spout would prevent the dregs from ending up in the cup. However, its small size would have limited its usefulness as a serving vessel. Possibly it was used in a funerary banquet or ritual before it was placed in the grave.

Spouted pot, Ceramic, Iran

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