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Artist Anonymous ( Iran)
Title Shallow Vessel
English: Among the most splendid of Achaemenid arts are hammered-silver or gold vessels. This type of bowl, known by the Greek word "phiale," meaning shallow vessel, was used for ritual liquid offerings. The depressions take the form of lotus buds, an Egyptian motif that became popular among the Persians.
Date 6th century BC (Achaemenid)
Medium repoussé silver
Dimensions 5.2 × 29.8 cm (2 × 11.7 in) (h. x diam.)
Accession number 57.1816
Exhibition history In Search of Ancient Treasure: 40 Years of Collecting. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
Credit line Museum purchase, 1949
Ownership history
  • Arthur Uphan Pope Collection
  • Joseph Brummer, Sale, Parke Bernet Galleries, New York, May 11, 1949, no. 128
  • Walters Art Musueum, Baltimore, 1949, by purchase
place of origin Iran
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