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Ancient Amlash Terracotta Bull Askos

Central Asia, Amlash culture, ca. 1400 to 1000 BCE. A mold-formed askos modeled after a standing bull with four stocky feet, a cylindrical body with several textured ribs, a wide-spouted tail, a small loop handle centered on the back, and a petite pouring spout. The spout takes the form of an abstract bull head which displays incised eyes, a tapering mouth, a stocky neck, and a pair of curved horns. The body is decorated with beige-painted curvilinear bands, with dark and light pigment striations along the horns and head, and a spotted design in front of the chest, all atop a pale-orange ground. Size: 5.375" L x 2" W x 5.375" H (13.7 cm x 5.1 cm x 13.7 cm).

Condition: Repairs to head and both back legs with small chips and light adhesive residue along break lines. Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, loss to part of one horn, fading to applied pigmentation, small chips to feet, body, handle, back spout, mouth, and head, with light roughness across most surfaces.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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