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Spout in the form of a man's head

Period:
Parthian
Date:
ca. A.D. 1st–2nd century
Geography:
Iran
Culture:
Parthian
Medium:
Ceramic, glaze
Dimensions:
H. 20.9 cm
Classification:
Ceramics-Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Walter Hauser, 1956
Accession Number:
56.56
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 405
This spout displays the high degree of Hellenism seen in many examples of Parthian art. The mustache and beard were originally inlaid with shiny iron pyrites, pieces of which are still visible in the beard. The central parting of the hair is a distinctly Parthian feature also found on coins. The long, thin face and prominent nose suggest the likeness of an actual individual.
From 1948, on loan by Walter Hauser to the Museum (L.48.39); acquired by the Museum in 1956, gift of Walter Hauser, New York.

"Iranian Ceramics." Asia House, New York, October–December 1963.

“The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Selections from the Collection of the Ancient Near East Department,” MOA Museum of Art, Atami, Japan, The Aiche Prefectural Art Gallery, Nagoya, Japan, The Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan, 1983.

“The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, October 3, 2000–January 14, 2001.

Easby, Dudley T. and James J. Rorimer. "Review of the Year 1956-1957." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 16 (2), Eighty-Seventh Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year 1956-1957 (Oct., 1957), p. 51.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Additions to the Collections." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 16 (2), Eighty-Seventh Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year 1956-1957 (Oct., 1957), p. 67.

Wilkinson, Charles K. 1963. Iranian ceramics, exh. cat., Asia House, New York, cat. 14, p. 4, p. 120.

Crawford, Vaughn E. 1965. "Some Notes from an Excavation." Apollo LXXXII, No. 43 (September 1965), p. 219, fig. 16.

Crawford, Vaughn E. et al. 1966. Guide to the Ancient Near East Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 35, fig. 55.

Pugachenkova, Galina. 1966. "A Khalchayan Mask." Iskusstvo, no. 3.

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Harper, Prudence O. et al. 1984. "Ancient Near Eastern Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 41 (4), Spring 1984, p. 11, fig. 8.

Evans, Jean M. 2000. In The Year One: Art of the Ancient World East and West, exh. cat. edited by Elizabeth J. Milleker. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 92, p. 120.
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