|Circa 2nd - 1st century BCE, Parthian|
During the Hellenistic period, the Parthians exhibited great skill at metal working, including the creation of intricate incised designs on vessels of precious metal. Shallow drinking bowls, such as the gold example seen here, often display detailed patterns of waves and geometric shapes, with a large floral pattern frequently adorning the interior center of the vessel.
Decoration of this type of artifact was generally confined to the interior, leaving the exterior surface smooth.
Such vessels are believed to have been reserved for special ceremonies, rather than for daily use. The rounded bottom of the bowl made it impractical to set down when filled, thus it was likely held until the contents had been drunk or distributed into other cups.
|Location of Origin: Middle East / Western Asia / Northern Africa|
|Dimensions: 2“ (5cm) h x 8“ (20.3cm) diameter|
|Primary Classification: Antiques, Decorative Arts and Furniture : Silver and Metalwork|
|Secondary Classification: Ancient Art, Antiquities : Near Eastern / Middle Eastern Antiquities|
|Analytic tests performed:- XRF analysis (Expert Analysis, Williamsburg, Virginia)- Uranium, Thorium-Helium Dated (Physics Institute at the University of Bern, Switzerland and Curt-Engelhorn-Zentrum Archaeometric in Manheim, Germany)|
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