6 December 2007
A PHOENICIAN BRONZE PHIALE MESOMPHALOS
CIRCA 8TH-7TH CENTURY B.C.
Hammered, with a large central boss framed by hatching enclosed within bands of dots, the outer band serving as the groundline for a frieze of four stags walking to the left, their bodies stippled, alternating with a tree with branches extending above each animal, a band of hatching below the rim
7¾ in. (19.6 cm.) diameter
Private Collection, 1980s.
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For a related bowl with a more elaborate frieze, including hunters pursuing similar stags, see no. 322 in Karageorghis, Early Cyprus, Crossroads of the Mediterranean.
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