Persian Achaemenid Bronze Phiale

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Object Description

A bronze fluted phiale from the Achaemenid Empire. Hammered from a single sheet of metal, the phiale has a two-tiered herring bone design in fine repoussé work chased into the bronze surface. A vestigial knob pushes up from the bottom of the bowl to form a central internal knob, though this is not as pronounced as on other examples. 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.

Object Condition

Complete and intact; interior with weathered surfaces; exterior with fine dark green patination but with some patches of roughness.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:19.5 x centimeters
  • year
    Circa 6th-4th century BC.

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St James's Ancient Art
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