An extremely bronze offer bowl for wine offerings, Persian Empire (achaemenid dynasty), dating to the 6th.-4th. century AD.
A very finely made phiale or offer bowl in it's own rights: Tappering walls and a round decoration in the bottom.
The bowl is inscribed just beneath the broad rim with a long series of cuneiform, saying 'Dârayavauð XÐ vazarka' – Darius, the great king. The text can be dated to the reign of Darius I the Great (522-486 BC) or Darius II Nothus (423-404 BC).
Size: 122 mm. wide and 68 mm. high.
Condition: Choice! Very sound metal and fine red and brown patina. Once cleaned but nicely done and not obtrusive. A few minor bumbs and a closed hairline of only ca. 10 mm. from the rim, only mentioned to 100% accurate.
Provenance: Old French Collection, bought prior to 1970.