AN EAST GREEK BRONZE PHIALE MESOMPHALOS

AN EAST GREEK BRONZE PHIALE MESOMPHALOS


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Bronze: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1214223
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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.

Bibliography:

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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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.