Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ancient Iranian Ceramics

Where: Sackler Gallery

When: through October 9, 2012

If I had realized how small this show is, I would have glanced in after finishing the "Worlds Within Worlds" show.  As it was, I had lots of time to look at each item in this exhibition.  When I say it's small, I mean that almost everything on display is in the picture above.

Iran is one of the older continuously populated placed on earth.  The items in this display were created in 1000 BCE - which means that when people were making them the Battle of Hastings was about 2000 years in the future.  That's so long ago that I have a hard time comprehending it. It's not just that human beings as we know them today were alive that long ago, it's also that they were capable of making lovely and useful objects.  Most of what's on display are pitchers with long, beak-like spouts.  They resemble birds, and the carvings on the pots contribute to that resemblance.  Also, the long spouts enabled the users to be careful in pouring, so they were functional as well.

Verdict: You can stop in when you're at the Sackler to see a larger show - there are only about half a dozen items on display.  These are lovely and interesting items and worth a look.

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