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Bowl with bosses and lotus pattern and demotic weight on rim

Period:
Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Date:
4th century B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Lower Egypt
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
H. 3.6 x Diam. 14.6 cm (1 7/16 x 5 3/4 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.2.16
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 134
The heavy silver vessels 18.2.13-18.2.17 are in created in a decorative style widespread in the Greek world, and can be dated to the fourth century BC. They. are said to have been found together in the Egyptian Delta.
Several of the vessels have small Demotic designations scored into the rim recording the weight of the silver, which correlated with the vessel's value. The larger weight unit was a deben (about 91 grams at this time) and this was divided into 10 kites..Only 18.2.16 has an inscription sufficiently preserved to read its full ancient weight as 4 deben and 6 kites, which should be about 400 grams, although the vessel only weighs 290 grams.
Purchased from Maurice Nahman, Cairo, 1918.

Richter, Gisela 1923. "Classical Department: Miscellaneous Accessions." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 18, no. 5 (May), p. 125.

Vleeming, Sven 2001. Some Coins of Artaxerxes and Other Short Texts in the Demotic Script found on Various Objects and Gathered from Many Publications. no. 21, p. 8.

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