Vessel in the form of a naked woman

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


Dimensions

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

Accession Number

62.582

Medium or Technique

Pottery

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

Asia, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

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.

Provenance

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