Historical period(s)
Achaemenid period, ca. 550-330 BCE
H x W: 8.6 x 22.2 cm (3 3/8 x 8 3/4 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Osborne and Gratia Hauge
Accession Number
On View Location
Sackler Gallery 29: Shaping Clay in Ancient Iran
Ceramic, Vessel


Achaemenid period (ca. 550 - 331 BCE), earthenware, Iran, 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)


Shallow bowls with a small base, sometimes known by the Greek name of phiale, were used for drinking wine. During the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550-330 B.C.E.), vessels of this shape were made in clay, glass (usually clear), bronze, silver, and gold-plated versions, and introduced from the Persian homeland in southwestern Iran over a wide area of this vast empire. Ceramic bowls of this type were made of fine, clean clay with astonishingly thin walls, and fired to a pink, orange, or reddish color. Those colors indicate the potter's intent to evoke the pale, reflective surfaces of drinking vessels made of gleaming, copper bronze, or even of gold.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort, Dr. Massumeh Farhad, Ann C. Gunter. Asian Traditions in Clay: The Hauge Gifts. Washington, 2000. cat. 32, pp. 26, 55.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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