Bowl with acorn bosses at shoulder, lotus pattern beneath, and rosette on bottom, and with inscribed weight, Silver

Bowl with acorn bosses at shoulder, lotus pattern beneath, and rosette on bottom, and with inscribed weight

Period:
Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Date:
4th century B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Lower Egypt
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
H. 8.5 x Diam. 13.6 cm at mouth 15 for body (3 3/8 x 5 3/8 and 5 7/8 in)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1918
Accession Number:
18.2.13
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..18.2.13 has an inscription that reads "[...deben] 4 kite." Its actual weight is 552.8 grams.
Purchased from Maurice Nahman, Cairo, 1918.

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. 19 p. 7.