Bowl

Greek
Hellenistic Period
2nd century B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Iran (probably from)

Dimensions

Diameter: 23 cm (9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

1981.82

Medium or Technique

Silver with gold

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Bowl for drinking or for libations to the gods. Shallow body formed of an inner and outer shell joined at the rim which is folded over. Plain exterior. Interior: around the edge a narrow band of embattlements; three concentric ornamental bands, two with a wave pattern flanking a wider band with a flowering vine; at the center, a large boss- a rosette of scale pattern bordered by twisted ribbons. Backgrounds are stippled, outlines sharply grooved and interior details marked by shallower incisions.

Inscription

ARTAXESOS dotted on the rim in Greek letters: probably the name of the Persian owner.

Provenance

By 1981: with Galerie Nefer AG, Augustinergasse 14, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland (acquired by Galerie Nefer in New York from an Iranian collector living in California); purchased by MFA from Galerie Nefer, April 15, 1981

Credit Line

Classical Department Exchange Fund