Globular body, short broad neck, bold convex foot and two loop handles.

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Historical period(s)
Parthian period, 1st-3rd century
Earthenware with alkaline glaze
H x Diam: 27 × 21.4 cm (10 5/8 × 8 7/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Freer Gallery 12: The Peacock Room Comes to America
Ceramic, Vessel


earthenware, Iraq, Parthian period (247 BCE - 224 CE)

To 1902
Dikran G. Kelekian (1868-1951), Cairo, Egypt, Paris, France, and New York to 1902 [1]

From 1902 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Dikran G. Kelekian in 1902 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1158, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Dikran Garabed Kelekian (C.L. Freer source) 1868-1951


Globular body, short broad neck, bold convex foot and two loop handles.


Earthenware jars of this shape, covered with an alkaline glaze typically colored green, turquoise, or brown, are characteristic products of Mesopotamia in the Parthian period (ca. 160 B.C.E.-224 C.E.). 

Published References
  • Ann C. Gunter. A Collector's Journey: Charles Lang Freer and Egypt. Washington and London, 2002. p. 34, fig. 2.6.
  • St. John Simpson. Pottery in the Making: World Ceramic Traditions. Exh. cat. London and Washington, July 3 - December 31, 1997. pp. 74-79.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
The Story of the Beautiful
Google Cultural Institute
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