This is a picture of an ancient container that I took in the Louvre in Paris last November. I love its shape, particularly the spout but I particularly love its colour - so sublte in its shading. I suspect that it the original colour may have been much darker and over the course of several thousand years it has faded to wonderful colour it is now. But of course I am no expert on ancient pottery so I don't really know. Nor do I know its history - its hard to remember anything once you get home - except that I was looking through their islamic and persian sections when I took the photo.