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Basketlike bowl
MM 1981 004
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This masterly potted and painted vase was probably an imitation of basketry. It is magnificently produced for its age and the resources available at the time.

History of the Object
The vase is one of seven objects from Ismailabad dating to ca 4000 BC, which were a gift from the Shah of Iran to King Gustaf VI Adolf, when the Shah visited Sweden in 1956. The objects came to the museum as a bequest of the king.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Pottery, painted black-on-red ware 
Measurements
Height: 18.5 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Iran; Ismailabad 
Geography
Iran 
Time period
BCE 43th century ~ BCE 40th century 
Creation date
BC; Early Chalcolithic, c 4300-4000 BC, and Transnational Chalcolithic, 5300-4300 BC. 
Function
Container 
Acquisition
It is one of seven objects from Ismailabad dating to ca 4000 BC, which were a gift from the Shah of Iran to King Gustaf VI Adolf when the Shah visited Sweden in 1956. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Medelhavsmuseet - The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm 
Museum
Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities 
Credit line
Text: Pat Marino, Photo: Ove Kaneberg. 

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