- Museum number
Tin bronze (copper alloy) cup with stand and foot; decorated with stylised lions in relief; modern pastiche using ancient vessel or fitting.
- Production date
- 8thC BC-7thC BC
Diameter: 10.10 centimetres
Height: 13.30 centimetres
Weight: 596 grammes
- Curator's comments
- Described as a "Bronze lamp, Luristan. VIIth-VIth century B.C." on p. 2 of the Burlington House exhibition guide, 'Persian Art: An Illustrated Souvenir of the Exhibition of Persian Art at Burlington House, London 1931'. DSR report (file no. 6701, dated 11 April 1995) confirms that the cup is made up of three parts (cup portion, column of the stand and the disc foot) joined with soft solder. Surface XRF of the cup and foot show that both are bronze with 10-15% tin and 1-2% lead in the alloy. Both parts have a little zinc (less than 2%) and traces of nickel and arsenic. This is therefore now considered to be a modern pastiche. The position of the decoration and the crude interior suggest that this object may have been attached as a fitting rather than used as a container but the stem and foot were added in recent times.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1995-2005 17 Nov-14 Dec, BM, G52/IRAN/15/21, from official opening
1994 16 Jun-23 Dec, BM, G49/IRAN/15
1975-ca 1990 Jul-, BM, Iranian Room [IR], case ?, no. 2
BM, Persian Landing [PL], wall-case [WC] 1, second shelf.
1931 Jan-, London, The Royal Academy, "International Exhibition of Persian Art", case 21H, then in the Oscar Raphael collection.
- The patina on the cup portion was identified by XRD as malachite but the patina on the foot is atacamite, implying different burial conditions. The three portions have been soft soldered together with the junctions concealed by artificial patination.
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number