Achaemenid Silver phiale mesomphalos, circa 5th-4th Century B.C.

Material:  Silver
Conservation:  Good condition
Material:  Silver
Dimensions:  19 cm diam.
Provenance:  UK private collection, acquired in the 1970s/ Acquired at Bonhams, London, Auction, 2014 / This piece is accompanied by an export certificate from the Spanish Ministry of Culture No. 2020/01166 with date 17/02/2020 and certificate of authenticity.
Exhibited:  Ifergan Collection, Málaga (2018-2020)
Ref bhm134 Category Tag

This silver phiale mesomphalos is a shallow, open bowl-shaped vessel with a central omphalos that protrudes from the inside of the vessel, while the outside of the vessel has a recessed appearance. These vessels were used in ceremonial ceremonies to make libations as a religious offering. The interior with a raised central omphalos, the exterior with twenty-two petals in relief.

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