- Museum number
- Series: Oxus Treasure
Gilded silver handle of a vase showing a leaping ibex: the hind legs rise from a flat gilded plate with incurving sides, the forelegs are flexed and rest against a curved bar originally attached to the rim of a vessel; the hair on the body of the ibex is represented by broad gilt bands, parted along the middle of the back and breast, by gilt semi-circles upon the shoulders, and by close curls, symmetrically disposed, on the forehead; the long beard is also gilded; the gilded horns are flat on the inner sides and divided into six sections by transverse raised bands, each of three parallel lines; beneath these runs a single vertical band following the contour of the horn; gilded circles in low relief are visible amidst the gilded hair on the shoulders and on the thighs; drop-shaped gilt figures with bifurcated ends decorate the forelegs above the knees; the ears, eyes and hoofs are all gilded; the ribs are indicated by a series of parallel channels on either flank; on the outer side of the plate from which the rear legs rise is an engraved palmette; the body of the figure is hollow and there is a rectangular aperture on the underside.
- Production date
- 5thC BC-4thC BC
Height: 19 centimetres
Length: 13 centimetres
Weight: 480.50 grammes
Thickness: 2.80 centimetres
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
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/28a
1994 16 Jun-23 Dec, BM, G49/IRAN/27
1989 Zurich, "Oxus. Der Oxus-Schatzaus dem British Museum London / The Oxus Treasure from the British Museum, London", Museum Rietberg, Zürich 1989 (proposed extension to the Staatliche Museen fur Volkerkunde in Munich was cancelled at their request).
1989 Temporary display, BM, Room 35 (Hinton St Mary mosaic staircase)
1975-ca 1990 Jul- BM, Iranian Room [IR], OT case, no. 10
1958- BM, Persian Landing [PL], c/c West, Top.
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 10 (catalogue no)