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Vessel Handle in Form of Lion

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.
CULTURE Achaemenid
DATES ca. 410 B.C.E.
DYNASTY late Dynasty 27
PERIOD Achaemenid Period
DIMENSIONS Length: 4 15/16 in. (12.5 cm)
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Silver handle from a large vessel. Form, a faceted body with curved end terminating in lion's head with open mouth. Lower end of handle terminates in palmette (lotus?) with two buds. Cast solid (?). Possibly related to 54.50.38.
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