Vessel in the form of a naked woman

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


Height: 43.5 cm (17 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


Asia, The Ancient World



Vessel in form of a female figure. Opening in head and hollow interior.

Mentioned in Syria 39 (1962) 224, n.l. cf. ibid. 214 fig. 4 (59.723) and 217 fig. 7 (coll. Vermeule); 7000 Ans d’art en Iran, pl. X, no. 91, another female vessel. The ears were pierced for gold earrings. Although its use and meaning are unknown, the figure may have been identified with female fertility or with a goddess’ protection.


Said to be from northwest Iran. By 1962: with H.D. Motamed, New York; 1962: purchased by the MFA from H. D. Motamed.
(Accession Date: June 6, 1962)

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund