From circa 1950-1970 to 1998
Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge 
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge in 1998
 Object record. Purchased by the Hauges in Tehran between 1950-1970.
- Previous Owner(s)
Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge (1914-2004) and (died 2000)
The smooth, lustrous surface of this vessel illustrates two common methods of decorating ceramic vessels in ancient Iran. Surfaces of pots were frequently covered with a slip, a fluid suspension of clay in water that is applied before firing to produce a thin coating. Made from red clay containing iron-rich pigments, slips produced red, red-brown, or black surfaces, depending on firing conditions. Often the slip was burnished before firing to produce a glossy surface. Burnishing consists of smoothing the surface of the pot with a simple tool such as a pebble when the vessel is dry and leather-hard. In addition to its desired decorative effects, burnishing also compacted the surface of the vessel and made it less permeable.
- Published References
- Louise Allison Cort, Dr. Massumeh Farhad, Ann C. Gunter. Asian Traditions in Clay: The Hauge Gifts. Washington, 2000. cat. 16, pp. 29, 54.
- Collection Area(s)
- Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Web Resources
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
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