A large Achaemenid silver phiale mesomphalos
Lot 165
A large Achaemenid silver phiale mesomphalos
£15,000 - 20,000
US$ 25,000 - 34,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
A large Achaemenid silver phiale mesomphalos
Circa 6th-5th Century B.C.
Of gently flaring form, the central omphalos surrounded by rows of radiating repoussé linked lobes and inverted teardrops, alternating with pointed leaves, 11¼in (28.5cm) diam


  • Provenance:
    Surena Collection, London, late 1970s-early 1980s

    Similar phialai have been found all over the Ancient World, in Greece, Asia Minor and Europe. The meander style decoration as seen on this phiale, with lobes and pointed leaves, can be seen in Median vessels as early as the 8th Century B.C., cf. H. Mahboubian, Art of Ancient Iran: Copper and Bronze, London, 1997, no. 321, p. 246. The type is also found in Greek phialai such as the example from Asia Minor, now in Berlin, cf. D.E. Strong, Greek and Roman Silver Plate, New York, 1966, pl. 9A.
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