AN EAST GREEK BRONZE PHIALE MESOMPHALOS


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Bronze: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1214222
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c. 6th-5th Century B.C.

A simple yet elegantly decorated shallow bronze vessel with an everted rim and raised central omphalos surrounded by three incised bands, two with incised decoration.

In very good and original condition. Natural patina present.

6.5 x 1.2 inches (16.51 x 3.05 cm)

Worldwide shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.

Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Bibliography:

Dietrich Von Bothmer, “A Greek and Roman Treasury”, (New York, 1984), p.27

Athanasios Sideris, "Achaemenid Toreutics in the Greek Periphery” in Ancient Greece and Ancient Iran Cross-Cultural Encounters (Athens, 2006), p. 342-343

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A phiale was a ceremonial offering vessel integral to the religious practices of a variety of ancient cultures, although they are most generally associated with Greece and Rome. Similar phialae have been attributed to Achaemenid as well as Greek protypes, emphasizing the intercultural nature of society and the transfer of artistic ideas.