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Bull's Head Rhyton, Western Iran, Achaemenid period, 6th-4th c. BCE
Bull's Head Rhyton, Western Iran, Achaemenid period, 6th-4th c. BCE

Bull's Head Rhyton, Western Iran, Achaemenid period, 6th-4th c. BCE
Item No.
6054
Description:
Buff earthenware bull's head rhyton. Brows and eyes protrude below a rounded forelock of tiered tufts. A circle of tufts surrounds the base of the horns. Nostrils and lips are outlined with rows of semicircles. The soft lips are well-modeled and the teeth are shown, an unusual feature. The primary spout is tall and widely flared with a plain handle. A small hole under the chin serves as the secondary outlet. Part of the ears, horns and spout is broken. The stylization of the face is copied from the bull capitals at Susa and Persepolis (R. Ghirshman, Persia from the Origins to Alexander the Great, London 1964, p. 137, no. 186; 213, no. 261; 261, no.264; 217, no. 266). L. 10 ? " (27.3 cm.) ? HAOC-027
Size:
Length 10 3/4" (27.3 cm)
 
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