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Bowl with Floral Decoration

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
The Persian conquest of Egypt in 525 B.C.E. led to a vogue for metalwork in the Persian style, such as these animal-shaped handles and fluted bowls with floral decorations on the base. All of these objects were discovered in Egypt; the silver pieces were discovered together with a large number of objects as an offering at a temple of a foreign goddess.
MEDIUM Bronze, tin
  • Reportedly From: Thebes, Egypt
  • DATES 525–404 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 27
    PERIOD Persian Period
    DIMENSIONS 2 15/16 x Diam. 7/16 in. (7.5 x 13.8 cm) Weight: 349.8 grams  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION One bronze bowl, hemispheric in shape. The interior is plain, but the exterior is decorated with a series of horizontal panels, each slightly concave. At the exterior base a 14 petal rosette has been executed in raised relief. Condition: Excellent. A greenish lacquer covers the surface. This was found to be shellac. A small hole exists in the direct center of the relief rosette on the bottom which could have been the point of attachment to the lathe.
    CAPTION Bowl with Floral Decoration, 525–404 B.C.E. Bronze, tin, 2 15/16 x Diam. 7/16 in. (7.5 x 13.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1538E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.1538E.jpg)
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