Historical period(s)
Parthian period, 100-300 CE
Bowl; silver; hammered, repoussé, and chased
H x W x D: 5.9 x 21.8 x 21.8 cm (2 5/16 x 8 9/16 x 8 9/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel


Iran, Parthian period (247 BCE - 224 CE)
Provenance research underway.

The shape of this bowl is a Hellenistic and Roman descendant of the phiale, or shallow drinking bowl with a central omphalos, introduced during the period of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550-331 B.C.E.) (see F1974.30). Most preserved examples of the shape are ceramic, documenting a close correspondence between clay and precious metalware in the Seleucid (305-95 B.C.E.) and Parthian (ca. 160 B.C.E.-224 C.E.) periods.

Published References
  • Ann C. Gunter. The Art of Eating and Drinking in Ancient Iran. vol. 1, no. 2 New York. p. 38, fig. 21.
  • Ann C. Gunter, Paul Jett. Ancient Iranian Metalwork in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and Mainz, Germany, 1992. cat. 5, pp. 80-82.
  • Michael Vickers. Metrological Reflections: Attic, Hellenistic, Parthian and Sasanian Gold and Silver Plate. vol. 24, no. 2 Paris. pp. 163-85.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
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