Spouted vessel with lion protome

Detail of a pattern
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  • Period

    1st century BCE-1st century CE
  • Geography

  • Material

    Silver and gilt
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 25.8 x 26.9 x 17.5 cm (10 3/16 x 10 9/16 x 6 7/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Rhyton with lion protome and elongated, trumpet-shaped horn. Gilded vine leaf scroll around upper part of horn, below rim; gilded acanthus leaf pattern extends along underside of horn. Lion's back, legs and tail, in lower relief and gilded, extend upwards on horn.
    Protome in the form of a lion, made separately; now missing ring that would have covered join. Mane, paws, whiskers, tongue, eyebrows, and pupils gilded. Small swirl patterns at inner ends of eyebrows.Swirl-like patterned ear. Central lock of mane in front extends to center of forehead just above nose.
    Spout, between forelegs of lion, broken off; originally a tubular spout.
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
  • Type

  • On View

    Sackler Gallery 21: Feast Your Eyes: A Taste for Luxury in Ancient Iran
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