AN ACHAEMENID SILVER ALABASTRON
Circa 5th Century B.C.
The elongated vessel with a raised ridge where it joins the inward sloping shoulders, the cylindrical neck with a flaring rim, its edges rolled outwards, the body incised with a continuous checker pattern, each square filled with eight-petalled rosettes alternating with four-petalled ones, the rows diminishing in size towards the rounded base where there is a large sixteen-petalled rosette, the neck similarly incised with three horizontal rows, with twin 'handles' each in the form of a detailed ram's head emerging from a triangular flange, joined to the vessel by means of a rivet in each corner
10¼ in. (26.1 cm.) high