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Silver gilt bowl

ca. 3rd–1st century B.C.
Iran (?)
Silver gilt
11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1990
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 405
Elaborate bowls and vessels were highly valued in ancient Near Eastern society. During the pre-Achaemenid, Achaemenid, Seleucid and Parthian periods, examples made of bronze, silver, gold, and clay were used throughout a vast area extending both to the east and west of Iran. In the later periods the monetary value of many silver vessels was calculable in part according to the corresponding coin weights. Floral and vegetal decorative motifs were popular: this elegant silver gilt bowl is decorated with a chased interior concentric pattern and a central multi-petalled rosette within a wreath, encircled by a floral scroll and wave-patterned bands.
[By 1978, Gholi Golizadeh]; acquired by the Museum in 1990, purchased from Gholi Golizadeh, Chevy Chase, MD.
Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 121 (Jul. 1,1990 - Jun. 30, 1991), p. 17.
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