|CULTURE||Iron Age, Amlash|
|PERIOD||1st millenium B.C|
|DIMENSIONS||23 mm x 32 mm diameter|
|PROVENANCE||Ex English private collection, acquired from London Gallery (1970s – 2000s)|
The Amlash culture thrived in the coastal region of the Caspian Sea, in what is now Iran, during the first millennium BCE and particularly flourished between the 9th and 6th centuries BCE. While relatively little is known about this culture compared to some of the more prominent ancient civilizations, archaeologists have unearthed significant archaeological remnants in the Amlash region that shed light on its history and cultural characteristics.
The Amlash culture was characterized by its decorative pottery, which often featured intricate geometric designs and zoomorphic motifs, such as birds and animals. Bronze objects, tools, and jewelry have also been discovered, reflecting a notable level of craftsmanship. The economy of the Amlash culture was based on agriculture, fishing, and trade. Its coastal location allowed for interaction with nearby civilizations, such as the Assyrians and the Medes. Although the Amlash culture eventually merged with other cultures over time, its archaeological legacy remains an important testament to cultural diversity in the ancient Caspian Sea region.