A finely cast and hammered bronze bowl, featuring a hemispherical container with a shallow calotte-shape. It has a flat base and a straight rim. Its slightly convex walls render an elegant continuously curved profile. This object is partially covered with the beautiful lustre of green patina, encompassing the attractive sheens mixed by the olive patina and the original golden metal colour. Crack to bowl.
In the Iron Age Mediterranean, handless and footless bronze bowls featuring hemispherical containers and curved profiles were richly ornamented with Greek and Etruscan motifs. However, bronze bowls of this kind originated in the ancient Near East. They might have first been executed by the ancient Iranian artists, during the Iron Age. Differing from the Greek and Etruscan parallels that were normally used for religious occasions, ancient Near Eastern bronze bowls were used by the elite as a daily luxurious object.
Measurements: 15.3cm diameter
Provenance: From a London collection formed from 1989- 2000, sold from Pars Antiquities, London, 2002.
- Century/ Timeframe
- Circa 9th- 7th century BC
- Damage, See Photo