A pre-Achaemenid silver cup
Circa 600-550 B.C.
The lotus bud shaped vessel hammered from silver sheet, the interior of the flared rim inscribed in cuneiform for 'Ampirish, king of Samati, son of Dabala', the exterior with raised gilt ornament: the upper band with alternating columns surmounted by palmettes and petal motifs, above a band of chevron and leaf pattern, on a small ring base, 4¼in. (10.5cm.) high, 4in (10cm.) diam.