A superb Achaemenind bronze fluted wine bowl or phiale. Hammered from a single sheet of metal, the phiale has 13 petals in fine regular repoussé work chased into the bronze surface. A vestigial knob pushes up from the bottom of the bowl to form a central internal knob. Such a type of phiale is known as a ‘mesomphalic phiale’: a characteristic that allowed the phiale to be held a little more easily in one hand. The item features a beautiful green patina and presents a small hole in one of the petals.
At its peak, the Achaemenid Empire had the most expansive territory in history, on account of which it embraced a fusion of various languages, religions, and cultures. Indeed, the phiale itself was not a Persian invention, but can be traced back to the Bronze Age and even prehistoric Greece.
Measurements: 16.1 cm diameter; 3.3 cm height.
Provenance: Ex major SM., London, Collection 1970-2010.
- Superbe Achéménide
- Siècle/ Période
- Achaemenid Empire, Circa 6th - 4th century BC
- Bon état