Persia, Qajar Dynasty 19th Century Ceramic 50 x 14 cm
The exhibited amphorae come from Persia, Kashan region (Central Persia) and are proven to date from the 17th-19th century. Amphorae are among the ancient vases and were used as storage and transport vessels. These Persian ceramics were mainly used for the conservation and storage of dairy products. The bulbous and narrow-necked vessels have two to eight handles. The archaic form and method of manufacture as well as the glaze colours and glaze techniques of these amphorae date back to the time of the Elamites and Babylonians (1,000-2,000 BC), as well as to the time of the Arsakids (3rd century BC - 3rd century AD).
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