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Bowl for drinking or for libations to the gods. Shallow body formed of an inner and outer shell joined at the rim which is folded over. Plain exterior. Interior: around the edge a narrow band of embattlements; three concentric ornamental bands, two with a wave pattern flanking a wider band...

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ARTAXESOS dotted on the rim in Greek letters: probably the name of the Persian owner.


By 1981: with Galerie Nefer AG, Augustinergasse 14, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland (acquired by Galerie Nefer in New York from an Iranian collector living in California); purchased by MFA from Galerie Nefer, April 15, 1981

Credit Line

Classical Department Exchange Fund

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 2nd century B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Iran (probably from)


Diameter: 23 cm (9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver with gold


The Ancient World