Painted Beaker from Susa

Painted Beaker from Susa

Date ca. 4000 BCE

Movement Ancient Near Eastern | Early Iranian

Medium Ceramic

Dimensions height 11.25″

Provenance Susa, Iran

Housed at Musée du Louvre, Paris



The potter here does a fantastic job of incorporating and emphasizing the shapes of the depicted animals with the elements of the beaker itself—the horns of the goat emphasize the beaker’s roundness, while the elongated dogs stretch around its shoulder and the cranes extend the verticality of its neck.