Historical period(s)
Iron Age II - III, ca. 1000-600 BCE
Earthenware with paint
H x W x D: 23 x 18.2 x 23.6 cm (9 1/16 x 7 3/16 x 9 5/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


earthenware, Iran, Iron Age II (ca. 1250 - 800 BCE), Iron Age III (ca. 800 - 500 BCE)

To 1975
Lester Wolfe collection, New York, NY [1]

Sale, New York, Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., The Lester Wolfe Collection of Persian Pottery and Metalwork, March 14, 1975, lot 8: "Luristan Buff-Ware Spouted Jar" [2]

The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, purchased from the Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., New York auction through Habib Anavian on March 14, 1975 [3]

From 1987
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation


[1] See auction catalogue of the March 14, 1975 sale, illustrated cat. no. 8, copy in object file.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See documentations from the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Lester Wolfe
Habib Anavian
Arthur M. Sackler Foundation founded 1965


Cemeteries and settlements in the Luristan region of western Iran have yielded examples of a distinctive painted ceramic style dating to the Iron II-III period (ca. 1000-600 B.C.E.). Often called "Genre Luristan," this pottery is also known as "Baba Jan III Painted Ware" after Baba Jan Tepe, a large settlement where it was extensively excavated during the 1960s. This "teapot" with a basket handle is a typical shape, decorated with painted bands around the base of the spout and on the handle. Also typical is the animal-shaped ornament modeled in relief and attached to the bridge joining the handle and spout. 

Other examples of "Genre Luristan" ceramics in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are S1998.313 and S1998.22.

Published References
  • et al. Asian Art in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: The Inaugural Gift. Washington, 1987. cat. 9, p. 35.
  • Trudy S. Kawami. Ancient Iranian Ceramics from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. New York, 1992. cat. 137, p. 221.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
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