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Although the iconography on this bowl is Persian, the design & construction is Burmese. It is very likely that this was a private commission from a Parsee merchant travelling & trading between Bombay & Burma.
In 936 a group of Zoroastrians emigrated to Gujarat in India to escape Muslim persecution in their native Persia. In the 17th. century many of them moved to Bombay where they were active in ship-building & trade. Later they became known as Parsees, continuing to practice their religion.
The scene on the bowl is from the era of the Achaemenid empire in Persia. It depicts the defeat of the Magian (Mede) rebel, Gaumata, by Darius I (522-486 BC), on 29/11/522 BC at the stronghold of Sikayauvati. Gaumata had, according to ancient chroniclers, impersonated Smerdis, brother of the Persian king, Cambyses; Ahura Mazda, the supreme Zoroastrian deity, surveys the scene.