- Museum number
Glazed composition mask of human head with traces of yellow glaze on the hair, eyes and eyebrows; smooth concave surface at the back but it is unclear whether this is original.
- Production date
- 8thC BC-7thC BC
Height: 8.90 centimetres (max.)
Weight: 80 grammes
Width: 5.25 centimetres (max.)
Depth: 2.72 centimetres (max.)
- Curator's comments
- There is some uncertainty as to whether the concave back is original (Curtis 1993). There are a number of human heads in faience and of comparable size from the French excavations at Susa (Amiet 1966, figs 365-69; Amiet 1967), thus Moorey (1985, 175) first suggested that the present object probably derives from that site.
Amiet, P. 1966. 'Elam', Auvers-sur-Oise.
Amiet, P., 1967. "Éléments émaillées du décor architectural néo-Élamite", 'Syria' XLIV: 27-46.
Moorey, P.R.S., 1985. 'Materials and Manufacture in Ancient Mesopotamia: Metals and Metalwork, Glazed Materials and Glass'. Oxford.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
G52/IRAN/5/16, from official opening 17/11/95-6 Dec 2005.
1994 16 Jun-23 Dec, BM, G49/IRAN/5.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Registered in error as coming from Warka. Transferred from ceramic department 5th May 1927.
- Middle East
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: S.2351 (Ceramic dept.)