Spouted vessel with lynx protome

Detail of a pattern
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On View
  • Period

    1st century BCE-1st century CE
  • Geography

  • Material

    Silver and gilt
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 23.5 x 12.4 x 30.4 cm (9 1/4 x 4 7/8 x 11 15/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Rhyton with slender steep horn rising to outturned and folded-over rim; attached to separately made protome in the form of the head and forepart of a lynx. Ring covers join of horn and protome. Forelegs of animal made separately and set into body. Spout projects from chest of animal between legs. Rim, turned over and gilded on exterior, preserves inscription.
    Mouth of lynx open, tongue protruding; tufts of hair shown protruding from each ear. Fur depicted by parallel punched lines.Swirl pattern on shoulders and also on chest above protruding tublar spout. Collar around neck.
  • 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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