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Copper alloy bowl; decorated; small, concave base; fairly straight sides; embossed and chased decoration of frieze consisting of two horse chariot containing a figure shooting at a lion which is behind it; in front is a winged, human-headed lion and a figure kneeling on one knee; in the background is a bird flying and trees; hatched pattern; figures all beaten up from behind; part missing.
Diameter: 21.50 centimetres
Height: 8.50 centimetres
Weight: 636 grammes
- Curator's comments
- May have been tribute or taken as booty by an Assyrian king after a campaign in the West; similar bowls have been found at various places in the Mediterranean, including the Greek Mainland, Crete, Cyprus and in Etruscan tombs (Markoe 1985); probably deposited in 8th century BC; drawn by Prentis, C W; brought to England by Layard in 1848 or 1851.
For discussion of this type of object type and the problems of defining and intepreting their style, see: Markoe 1985; Gunter 2009, 80-123 (esp. p. 81 and fig. 23); Vella however (2010) questions their specific Phoenician origin.
Gunter, A. 2009, Greek art and the Orient (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
Markoe, G. 1985. Phoenician Bronze and Silver Bowls from Cyprus and the Mediterranean. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Vella, N. 2010. ‘Phoenician’ Metal Bowls: Boundary Objects in the Archaic Period'. Bolletino di Archeologia online I: 22–37.
Available at: www.bollettinodiarcheologiaonline.beniculturali.it/documenti/generale/5_VELLA.pdf.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2018-2019 8 Nov-24 Feb, London, BM, I am Ashurbanipal, king of the world, king of Assyria
2018 May-Sep, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Museum of History, An Age of Luxury
2012 24 May - 30 Sep, London, BM, 'The horse: from Arabia to Royal Ascot'
1988 Feb-Nov, Italy, Venice, Palazzo Grassi, 'I Fenici'
1977 London, BM, 'Animals in Art'
- Middle East
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