Hirmer Fotoarchiv Muenchen

The graceful contours of this 18th century B.C. jug from Kultepe suggest that it was copied from a metal vessel. Its “bird’s beak” spout prevents gutter drops from forming when pouring; the two knobs on the left side of the belly of the vessel help the pourer to balance it in his hands. The jug was wheel-made, burnished, and then decorated with red slip.