A jumble of unrelated ancient pieces

This seemingly 8th Century BC pottery goat tested genuine.  When the restorer soaked it in water to remove old restoration glue, it fell apart into several unrelated pieces.  The jug and bowl were both of the “correct” period.  These had been stuck together and four pottery feet added.  The whole piece was then covered in slip to disguise the joins.  All the samples taken (after removing and discarding the slip) tested ancient. 

Oxford Authentication - Iranian goat parts photos

Parts shown as seperate pieces

Oxford Authentication - Iranian goat assembled

Parts assembled and stuck together

Iranian goat

The whole assemblage covered in a slip to make an Iranian goat rhyton

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