Classics and Archaeology Virtual Museum

The Neil Taylor Collection

Provisional Attribution
by Antonio Sagona

The collection was donated to the University in 1997. It comprises the following items, most probably from Iran:

Metal work

1. Small bronze horse figurine. Trinket attached to horse harness. Beginning of the first millennium BC (Iron Age I), probably from the Gilan area, northwestern Iran.

2. Bronze twisted handle. Two rivet holes at one end, other end is bent backwards. Beginning of first millennium BC (Iron Age I). Gilan or Luristan areas, northwestern Iran.

3. Fragment of a bronze blade. Quite likely to come from Gilan or Luristan and date to the beginning of the first millennium BC (Iron Age I).

3a. Bronze spear head. Beginning of the first millennium BC, Iron Age I. Gilan or Luristan.

Pottery

4. Grey ware vessel with pedestal base and vertically fluted girth. Beginning of the first millennium BC (Iron Age I), northwestrn Iran.

5. Single-handled cup with horizontal grooves around neck and verticals down the belly. Beginning of the first millennium BC (Iron Age I), northwestern Iran.

6. Orange vessel with deeply fluted body and flared rim. Beginning of the first millennium BC (Iron Age I), northwestern Iran.

7. Orange bowl with horizontal loop handle attached at rim. Beginning of the first millennium BC (Iron Age I), northwestern Iran (?).

8. Small single-handled cup, white slip, brown painted decoration. Probably from central or western Iran and datable to about the mid-2nd millennium BC.

9. Closed lamp with badly abraded surface. Hellenistic. Provenance: too ubiquitous and standardised to attribute an origin. It was bought in Iran, so my guess is Iran.

10. Tall, handled vessel with pendulous belly. Difficult. Guess: Medieval Iran.

Figurines

11. Figurine made from orange clay. Abraded surface, originally slipped in deep red. Hellenistic. Iran (?)

12. Chicken figurine carved from stone. I have no idea about this one. Could be a forgery.

13. A variety of small pottery sherds. Iranian

13. Three obsidian fragments, two are long slivers.

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