Bowl with decorations

Near Eastern, Iranian, Persian
550–331 B.C.


Legacy dimension: diameter approximately .190; depth approximately .040

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver with gold overlays

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)


The Ancient World



Drinking bowl / phiale. Inside, design radiating from a central rosette surrounded by alternating lotuses and palmettes. Bowls like this were used for drinking wine. They were held in the flat of the hand and steadied by a finger or thumb placed in the central depression. This type of drinking bowl was adopted by the Greeks in the Hellenistic Period.


Said to come from Sinope on the south coast of the Black Sea. By 1960, Hesperia Art, Philadelphia (previously in Istanbul); May 11, 1960: purchased by the MFA from Hesperia Art.
(Accession Date: May 11, 1960)

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund and Edwin E. Jack Fund