- Museum number
- Series: Oxus Treasure
Cast and chased silver statuette; a bearded man in Persian costume standing with his right arm hanging beside his side and holding in his left hand a bundle of rods (barsom) in front of his chest; long narrow beard with whiskers and moustache; heavy eyebrows, large eyes and regular nose; wears a short jacket with close sleeves, gilded in front, and at the back ornamented with a vandyked band in cross-hatching; a skirt of many folds falls to his feet and diverges from a vertical raised median band which is decorated with herringbone and gilded; wears a low cylindrical headdress with a flat top covering the ears and bound with a raised fillet knotted at the back where the ends hang down; around the top is a flat band engraved with crenellations; below the headdress the long hair forms a large roll, projecting on each side of the face, and conventionally decorated behind with dotted circles; both feet are pierced at the instep.
- Production date
- 5thC BC-4thC BC
Height: 14.50 centimetres
Weight: 386.50 grammes
Width: 3.50 centimetres
Depth: 3 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Also published as WAA slide no. 14.
Dalton regarded this as early 5thC BC in date. Regarded by Professor Lolita Nehru as possibly of local Bactrian production, on the basis of the style of the face ("Local traditions in the art of Western Central Asia from the 6th century BC to 1st century AD", lecture, 3 March 2004, Senate House, London).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2022 6 Apr - 8 Aug, Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Classical World in Context: Persia
2021-2022 13 Oct-10 Jan, Paris, Musee National des arts Asiatiques Guimet, Tadijikistan, au pays des fleuves d'or
2016, 19 Mar-29 May, National Museum, Delhi, The Everlasting Flame
2006 7 Mar-11 Jun, Barcelona, Fundacion La Caixa, 'L'imperi Oblidat'
2005-2006 Sept-Jan, London, BM, 'Forgotten Empire'
1995-2005 17 Nov-Aug BM, G52/IRAN/27
1994 16 Jun-23 Dec BM, G49/IRAN/27
1989 BM, temporary display, Room 35 (Hinton St Mary mosaic staircase)
1975-ca 1990 Jul- BM, Iranian Room [IR], OT case, no 1
1958- BM, Persian Landing c/c, south-west
1931-ca 1939 BM, Room 20: Persian Room
1923-1931 BM, King Edward VII Building: Franks Display
1900- BM, Gold Ornament Room
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: OT 1 (catalogue no)