Dimensions: 7cm x 25,4cm (Hight x Width)
Material: Bronze (1,45KG)
Orgin: Ephesus, Ionia, Mediterranean (Today Turkey)
Estimated Dating: 5th Century BC
An outstanding Phiale Libation Plate with great age patina! This Offering Dish comes from the Ionian city of Ephesus.
In the 4th Century BC Ephesus was reknowen for one of the Seven World Wonders, the Temple of the Greek Godess Artemis.
This Phiale bears the symbol of the Godess Artemis in it's center with an ingraved flying Bee. The symbol was commonly associated with Ephesus throughout the Mediterranean Sea, appearing on mostly all the Coins of Ionian orgin, of this period.
The Rim of the Bowl is decorated with classical greek illustrations of women with olive tree branches, herding an Ibex.
The Phiale is in overall great condition!
In my opinion this Phiale comes from an associated workshop, producing memoribilia of the Temple.
But one might speculate that this great remnant of the past once was placed in the Great Temple of Artemis itself.
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