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Parthian Ceramics

Blue-glazed vase with two handles and decorative grooves

PDC 23136

Blue-glazed vase with two handles and decorative grooves
Clay. Syria. 2nd-3rd century A.D. Height 30.3 cm., outside rim diameter 10.6 cm. Collection of the Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo. The shape of this piece is similar to those shown in plates 82 and 83; however, its date of manufacture is presumed to be somewhat later because the rigid feeling usually apparent in the way the handles were attached to the body has disappeared. The handles curve slightly, and the round, rivet-like bosses are completely missing from this vase. The blue glaze on the inside and outside is still bright. The jar is decorated in the same fashion as those in plates 82 and 83 with a zigzag pattern on the shoulder, vertical grooves on the belly, and herringbone patterns below the handles. This piece is rare because of its superior condition. It appeared in the second catalogue (date unknown) of Mr. C. McKinley of London.
 - Shinji Fukai, Ceramics of Ancient Persia (New York: Weatherhill, 1981), plate 84
 - Photo by Bin Takahashi

Handle-side viewHandle-side view  - Shinji Fukai, Ceramics of Ancient Persia (New York: Weatherhill, 1981), figure 36

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