Ritual Basin

Afghanistan or Central Asia

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.

Ritual Basin, Bronze, Afghanistan or Central Asia

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