Painted Beaker from Susa
Date ca. 4000 BCE
Movement Ancient Near Eastern | Early Iranian
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.