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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)  (show scale)
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.
CAPTION Achaemenid. Vessel Handle in Form of Lion, ca. 410 B.C.E. Silver, Length: 4 15/16 in. (12.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 54.50.42. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 54.50.42_side_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE side, 54.50.42_side_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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