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Room 52, case 13, no. 24
Room 52: Ancient Iran
Clay plaque showing a banqueter
Parthian, 1st century AD
From Uruk / Warka, southern Iraq
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.
J. Curtis, Ancient Persia-1 (London, The British Museum Press, 2000)