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Bowl with decorations

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Drinking bowl / phiale. Inside, design radiating from a central rosette surrounded by alternating lotuses and palmettes. Bowls like this were used for drinking wine. They were held in the flat of the hand and steadied by a finger or thumb placed in the central depression. This type of drinking...

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Said to come from Sinope on the south coast of the Black Sea. By 1960, Hesperia Art, Philadelphia (previously in Istanbul); May 11, 1960: purchased by the MFA from Hesperia Art. (Accession Date: May 11, 1960)

Credit Line

Harriet Otis Cruft Fund and Edwin E. Jack Fund

Near Eastern, Iranian, Persian, Achaemenid, 550–331 B.C.


Legacy dimension: diameter approximately .190; depth approximately .040

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Medium or Technique

Silver with gold overlays


The Ancient World