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Jug

Label Text

Dated to the Parthian period of the first through third century BCE, this jug has a green, alkaline glaze that has degraded and even entirely worn off in some areas. Although it was badly damaged when Freer purchased it from Dikran Kelekian in 1905, he regarded the piece as "interesting," and in the Peacock Room he grouped it with other similarly time-ravaged examples of Mesopotamian pottery. He believed that the surfaces of these Near Eastern vessels resonated with the complex chromatic qualities of his American paintings, particularly those by James McNeill Whistler, Thomas Dewing, and Dwight Tryon.

Object Name

Jug

Dated

150 B.C.E.-225 C.E.

Period

Parthian period

Medium

Glazed clay

Dimensions

HxW: 20.7 x 16.5 cm

Country

Iraq

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

56

Wall

North

Title

Jug

Object Number

F1905.243

Freer Source

Dikran G. Kelekian

Freer Source City

Paris

Freer Source Country

France

Image

http://141.217.97.109/plugins/Dropbox/files/peacock-jpg/JPEG/F1905.243.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Jug," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1905.243, Item #3144, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3144 (accessed November 18, 2017).