An investigation into the Pottery Flasks at the Sanandaj Archaeological Museum


  • Mohammad Ebrahim Zarei Department of Archeology, Faculty of Art and Architecture, Bu-Ali-Sina University, Hamadan, Iran image/svg+xml
  • Ali Behnia Department of Archeology, Faculty of Art and Architecture, Bu-Ali-Sina University, Hamadan, Iran image/svg+xml



Hellenistic, Parthians, Mesopotamia, Sanandaj Museum, Pottery flasks


Pottery has a significant bearing on the reconstruction of ancient regional and transregional interactions. Flasks represent a pottery type that was more ubiquitous in the historical period. The present study examined 16 pottery flasks stored at the Sanandaj Archaeological Museum in order to address three research questions: Which historical period can this pottery be dated to? What is the geographical range over which they were manufactured given the available excavated comparanda? What types are represented in the sample under study in terms of manufacturing technique, surface treatment, decoration, and form? The results showed that the flasks were primarily produced in two varieties, round shouldered and angular shouldered, with their exterior coated in a slip or a buff, turquoise, and light or dark green glaze. Judging by their appearance (surface finish and decorations), they were produced in the Hellenistic and Parthian period. It was found out that they have parallels among assemblages from west and southwest Iran and Mesopotamia. The study adopted the descriptivehistorical and comparative methods.

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How to Cite

Zarei, Mohammad Ebrahim, and Ali Behnia. 2022. “An Investigation into the Pottery Flasks at the Sanandaj Archaeological Museum”. Studies in Ancient Art and Civilisation 26 (December):107-24.