11 December 2003
AN ACHAEMENID SILVER BOWL
Circa 6th Century B.C.
Hemispherical in form, with a round base and slightly flaring rim, the exterior ornamented with two sets of reclining goats positioned back to back, each animal with its bearded head turned back, with a short snout, large bulging eye and underslung horn, the fur rendered with stamped arcs, a single row of arcs in a band extending from the foreleg over the hindquarters, the tail curved upwards, a stylized tree topped with a palmette between the goats, four pointed buds on stems radiating below, framed above and below by a band of guilloche
4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.) diameter
European Private Collection.
Acquired by the current owner circa 1995.
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For a larger silver bowl with registers of animals applied in gold see no. 17 in Arnold, et al., Ancient Art from The Shumei Family Collection.
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