Tripod bowl


Historical period(s)
Iron Age I - II, ca. 1400-800 BCE
H x W x D: 17.3 x 26 x 24.7 cm (6 13/16 x 10 1/4 x 9 3/4 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


earthenware, Iran, Iron Age I (ca. 1450 - 1250 BCE), Iron Age II (ca. 1250 - 800 BCE), WWII-era provenance

From circa 1950-1970 to 1998
Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge [1]

From 1998
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Osborne and Gratia Hauge in 1998


[1] 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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