Three-Part Pitcher

c. 800–700 BCE
Overall: 18.1 x 17 x 21.5 cm (7 1/8 x 6 11/16 x 8 7/16 in.)
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The ram’s head was created separately before being attached to the spout.


This unusual tripartite pitcher is made of three jugs joined together, a twisted handle, and a ram’s head atop a spout. Four feet connect to the pitchers, adding stability and an animal-like form. Ibexes, diamonds, and crosses, all painted in red slip, decorate the clay surface. This work is likely Baba Jan III ware from the Iron Age site Baba Jan in northwestern Iran. The pitcher is functional but may have served a ritual purpose.
Three-Part Pitcher

Three-Part Pitcher

c. 800–700 BCE

Iran, Luristan

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