- Museum number
Copper alloy bowl with embossed triangular pendant from a horizontal ridge below a lightly everted rim; low ring base; raised through hammering a single piece of sheet.
- Production date
- 7thC BC
Diameter: 9.50 centimetres (approx. rim)
Height: 5.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- For results of XRF analysis, see DSR Project 7028 (part), dated 28 July 1998.
Comparanda: H. Mahboubian 1997, 'Art of Ancient Iran: Copper and Bronze. The Houshang Mahboubian Family Collection', London p. 87, no. 53 (said to derive from the Kermanshah region of western Iran). A second similar example (minus the base) was acquired by Ernst Herzfeld and noted by him among objects from Tepe Giyan [although the provenance of this particular vessel is not stated] in his Notebook 91 (item 2630), and annotated as being sold by him to the Field Museum in Chicago; a photograph of it exists among his other papers in the Freer & Sackler Gallery Archive in the Smithsonian (Photo File 1/2, 177]. Herzfeld published his sketch drawing of this object in his book 'Iran in the Ancient East' (1941), p. 115, fig. 227 (part).
- On display (G52/dc2)
- Sides partly damaged and heavily corroded, with complete mineralisation in places. XRF indicates brochantite and cuprite (confirming lengthy burial) in the corrosion although brochantite is not a common corrosion product and suggests either that the piece has been buried in unusual (sulphur-rich) conditions or that it may have received some chemical treatment before it was acquired by the Museum.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- One of two bowls which were formerly part of a private collection formed in the 1960s by Frederick H. North of 99 Crawford Steet, London and were auctioned through Christie's South Kensington in 1997.
- Middle East
- Registration number