Iranian Amlash bronze spouted vessel. The vessel is made of thin sheets of bronze, giving it a thin walled body. There is a pinched or channeled spout, the base of which was decorated with raised lines and surrounded by 8 pellets.Vessels such as these were perhaps used for filling lamps or for pouring ritual oils in religious ceremonies. In profile, it resembles a graceful abstract bird, with a long beak and curving neck. Circa 600 B.C. – 1200 B.C.
The term Amlash culture refers to an assortment of historic materials and periods in Gilan and west of Mazandaran in north-west Iran. Amlash refers to the geographical region from which some archaeological objects of certain types come. This was one of the most distinctive Iranian cultures of the late second and early first millennia BC.
Ex William ‘Billy’ Jamieson collection.