Large Bird Rhyton of the Amlash Culture

Culture: Iran/Amlash
Period: early 1st millennium B.C.
Material: Terracotta
Dimensions: 23 cm x 29.4 cm
Price: Sold
Ref: 6461
Provenance: From an old French collection X. Auctioned with Maîtres Boisgirard et Heeckeren, Paris on 24 September 1981, lot 81. Thence in the collection Magloire, France.
Condition: Left leg reattached. Body assembled with minimal additions. The figure stands by itself.
Description: Large and rare terracotta rhyton of a standing bird, possibly a goose. The animal with a massive, strong upper body with a raised tail. Instead of feathers a large, round pouring hole. The bird stands on two strong legs with four toes spread out in all directions. The round head is slightly raised to the right and sits on a thick, cylindrical neck. The beak is open and tapering. A fine spout in between. The eyes are circularly applied and pierced with a sharp item. A rare, very witty form of a zoomorphic Amlash rython.