Excavated at Hasanlu cemetery, northwestern Iran
Ceramic; H. 8 1/2 in. (21.7 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1960 (60.20.15)
Hasanlu in northwestern Iran is best known as the site of a citadel that flourished for centuries before it was destroyed in about 800 B.C, most likely by an army from Urartu in eastern Turkey. Thousands of artifacts of terracotta, bronze, iron, gold, silver, and ivory were recovered from monumental buildings, which were characterized by an elaborate entrance and a large central hall with columns and bases that might have supported thrones.
This typical gray ware jar on a stand was found in one of the burials in the cemetery of Hasanlu. The bodies of such vessels are often fluted, quadrooned, or decorated with grooves. The handles are frequently raised higher than the vessel rim with a thumb rest like modern beer mugs. Such vessels are found only at Hasanlu burials but may also have served as objects of daily use.