Alexander Nagel. Enduring Legacies from the Caspian Sea: Ancient Iranian Ceramics
Among the outstanding ancient Near Eastern works of art that have entered the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in its first 25 years is the collection of early Iranian ceramics. Today, the Sackler’s collection includes the nineteen initial objects given by Arthur M. Sackler, a collection of six ancient Iranian vessels donated by Joseph Hirshhorn (1899-1981), a total of 37 objects from Joan and Frank Mount, and 33 works from the Hauge family (Figs 1, 2 and 3; see also Louise Allison Cort’s essay in this issue). While other museums within the Smithsonian never actively engaged in collecting ancient Iranian ceramics, Anthony Cuomo donated a group of ceramics from the village of Khurvin west of Tehran to the National Museum of Natural History in 1962. The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, however, now contains by far the largest such collection on the east coast of the US.