Boot-shaped vessel

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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery with orange slip

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


Asia, The Ancient World



From Northwest Iran, Caspian coastal region. Shoes or boots with upturned toes were a feature of dress in Anatolia and Northwest Iran since remote antiquity. They are common both in Hittite art and in that of Iron Age Iran. Vessels like this one, buried with the dead, may – like a magical shoe or carpet – have been thought to facilitate the journey of the dead in the afterlife.


By 1980: with Malekzadhe Mokry, Isak Antiques, New York; 1980: purchased from Malekzadhe Mokry, Isak Antiques, New York.
(Accession date: January 16, 1980)

Credit Line

Morris and Louise Rosenthal Fund