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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Silver bowl; raised from a circular piece of sheet metal with embossed design in the centre enclosed within a simple decorated roundel and depicting a four-armed crowned goddess seated on a recumbent lion with two upper arms holding a solar disc and lunar crescent aloft, the lower right holding a sceptre and the lower left holding a shallow hemispherical bowl; slightly thickened interior lip; Khorezmian inscription engraved around the exterior rim; missing a hollow cylindrical foot ring for which the attachment marks remain on the underside of the bowl.


  • Date

    • 658
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 12.4 centimetres
    • Height: 4.6 centimetres
    • Thickness: 0.1 centimetres (at the rim)
    • Diameter: 8 centimetres (foot ring, exterior)
    • Weight: 127.5 grammes (previously weighed in error as 128.2 g)
    • Volume: 340 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Comment

        Dated to year 700 of Khorezmian era = AD 658
  • Curator's comments

    Pendant jewel worn by the central figure compared by Lerner to Khorezmian or Sogdian pebble jewel pendant found in the tomb of Shi Suoyan in Guyuan (p. 261, cat. 87 in Annette L. Juliano & Judith A. Lerner et al., 'Monks and Merchants: Silk Road Treasures from Northwest China. Gansu and Ningxia, 4th-7th Century', New York: Harry N. Abrams, with the Asia Society, 2001).


  • Bibliography

    • Grenet F & Marshak B 1998a bibliographic details
    • Ward 1993 fig.33 bibliographic details
    • Juliano & Lerner 2001a p.261, cat. 87 (cat. entry by Lerner) bibliographic details
    • Harper P O et al. 1978a p.70, fig. 23a (cited as a parallel) bibliographic details
    • Azarpay G 1969a pl. 1 (discusses iconography and the inscription) bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1964a pp. 57-58, pl. 32, no. 203 bibliographic details
    • Seipel W 1996a pp.305, 425, cat. 169 (cat. entry by St J. Simpson) bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G34/dc3

  • Exhibition history


    2013-2014 24 Oct-27 Apr, BM, G69a, 'Wise men from the East: Zoroastrian traditions in Persia and beyond'
    1996 17 Jan-14 Apr, Austria, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, 'Weihrauch und Seide – geld und Luxus aus dem Antiken Orient'

  • Condition

    Fair; occasional nicks to the rim, a series of deep scratches on the interior at 5 o'clock and additional old scratches and minor dents on the exterior.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 124089 (WAA big number)
    • 1975,0516.1 (secondary registration in OA)
    • OT 203
Silver bowl; embossed design in the centre, depcting a 4-armed goddess seated on a lion with inscription below.

Silver bowl; embossed design in the centre, depcting a 4-armed goddess seated on a lion with inscription below.

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