Bactrian Terracotta Chalice

Description
Bactrian Terracotta Chalice
Circa 2nd Millennium BC

A finely modelled Bactrian red terracotta elongated ceremonial chalice featuring a convex foot with a concave neck leading to a globular body with a wide mouth with an everted rim. Traces of earthly encrustations visible to the surface and a chip on the rim, please see photo. The chalice has been repaired, as visible from the cracks on the upper part.

Bactria (or Bactriana) was the name of a historical region in central Asia. Several important trade routes from India and China passed through Bactria from the Bronze Age onwards, which allowed for the accumulation of vast wealth by the predominantly nomadic population.

Measurements: circa 16.5cm height, 10.5cm width

Provenance: Private London collection, acquired 1990s.

Lot details
Culture
Bactrian
Material
Terracotta
Object
Chalice
Century/ Timeframe
Circa 2nd Millennium BC
Condition
Repaired
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