Clay plaque showing a banqueter

Parthian, 1st century AD
From Uruk / Warka, southern Iraq

A Parthian

The plaque shows in miniature a man wearing typical Parthian dress of belted tunic and baggy trousers. He reclines, presumably on a mattress or couch, although not depicted, and holds a drinking cup or bowl in one hand.

The figure was made by pressing the clay into a simple mould. More stylized versions, made from two-piece moulds, were made in or close to the city of Nimrud in northern Iraq.

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J. Curtis, Ancient Persia-1 (London, The British Museum Press, 2000)


Length: 11.800 cm
Width: 8.600 cm

Museum number

ME 91786


Room 52, case 13, no. 24


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