c. 5th - 4th Century B.C.
A shallow phiale, or offering vessel, with a minutely everted rim and a central omphalos. The omphalos surrounded by a rosette, most likely of a lotus blossom, in a tondo. Egg and dart design outside of the tondo. All decoration done in repousse.
With a small piece of edge missing otherwise in excellent condition. Natural patina present.
8 x 1.3 inches (20.32 x 3.30 cms)
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Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
Athanasios Sideris, "Achaemenid Toreutics in the Greek Periphery” in Ancient Greece and Ancient Iran Cross-Cultural Encounters (Athens, 2006), p. 342-343
This phiale is an exquisite example of its kind. The interior rosette is influenced by pre-existing Near Eastern examples while the egg-and-dart decoration displays the classical Greek influence in its production. It is most likely an Ionian creation.