- Museum number
Silver beaker: with a rounded body, flared rim and 'nipple' base, now crushed flat. There are two bands of gold leaf overlaying incised geometric and floral decoration on the neck and another at the base. The 'nipple' forms the centre of a rosette, the petals of which are also covered with gold leaf.
- Production date
- 750 BC-700 BC (circa)
Height: 12.30 centimetres (in crushed state)
Width: 9.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Beakers of similar shape are known in pottery from Nimrud and Ashur. This example was found hidden beneath a floor, together with a silver bowl with gadroons ending in lions' heads which is now in the Iraq Museum, Baghdad.
J. Oates, ‘Late Assyrian pottery from Fort Shalamaneser’. ‘Iraq’ 41 (1959), pl. XXXIVb;
M. E. L. Mallowan, ‘Nimrud and its Remains’ vol. 2 (London, 1966), 427-8, fig. 356.
- On display (G30/dc16)
- Exhibition history
2018-2019 8 Nov-24 Feb, London, BM, I am Ashurbanipal, king of the world, king of Assyria
2013-2014 22 Jun-6 Jan, Toronto, Royal Ontario Museum, 'Mesopotamia, Inventing Our World'
2013 30 Jan-13 May, Museum of History, Hong Kong, 'The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia'
2012 4 May-7 Oct, Melbourne Museum, 'The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia'
2011 28 March-26 June, Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, 'Splendours of Mesopotamia'
2008-2009 21 Sept-4 Jan, Boston, MFA, 'Art and Empire'
2007 2 Apr-30 Sept, Alicante, MARQ Museum, 'Art and Empire'
2006 1 Jul-7 Oct, Shanghai Museum, 'Art and Empire'
1990s- BM, G55/MES2/10
- Crushed in on itself.
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Excavation/small finds number: ND.7845 (excavation number)