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Ritual Basin

Date:
6th–8th century
Culture:
Afghanistan or Central Asia
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Diam. 7 11/16 in. (19.5 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Ex Coll.: Columbia University, Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.218.6
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 236
Decorating the side of this basin is a frieze depicting two dragons attacking a boy. The youth holds a flower to his nose and clutches the horn of an antelope. The dragons are composite animals with segmented bodies and are related to similar creatures represented on post-Sasanian metalwork from the Oxus River basin of northern Afghanistan.
Columbia University
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