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Pottery: Persian Oil Vessel
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Pottery: Persian Oil Vessel

Persian Oil Vessel

Persian Oil Vessel

license: Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
source: Wikimedia Commons
author: A.Davey

A photograph shows an aged piece of Persian pottery. This vessel features handles stylized as rams or another horned animal, with the jug itself shaped with a wide opening, narrow neck, and large body.


Artifact: 550–330 BC

Photo: April 2010


This Persian vase, dated to the 6th–4th centuries BC, features decorative handles stylized as rams. Vessels such as this one would have been used for holding wine, water, or cooking oils.

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