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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Silver bowl; thick-walled; cast; inscription; decorated exterior with profile male bust on the central medallion, surrounded by four hunters (the one on the left being identical to the central bust), two wearing crowns similar to last Kidarite coins; originally gilt.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 460-479
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 6 inches
    • Diameter: 15.7 centimetres
    • Height: 5.7 centimetres
    • Weight: 819.3 grammes
    • Volume: 630 millilitres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

  • Curator's comments

    Also published by Hercules Read in 'Archaeologia' vol. 63

  • Bibliography

    • Nicolle D & McBride A 1996a fig. 33B-D bibliographic details
    • Göbl 1967 II, 262-66, III, pls 93-95 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1964a no.201 (cited as Hephthalite with Indian parallels) bibliographic details
    • Sarre F 1922a nos.114-15 bibliographic details
    • Tokyo National Museum 2003a p.117, cat 112 bibliographic details
    • Simpson 1997c p.244 bibliographic details
    • NACF 1912 p.43, no. CXI bibliographic details
    • Von der Osten H H 1956a pl. 109 bibliographic details
    • Grenet F 2002a pp. 211-12, pls 5-6 bibliographic details
    • Marshak & Krikis 1969 pp. 67-76 bibliographic details
    • Seipel W 1996a pp.267, 413, cat. 133 (cat. entry by St J. Simpson) bibliographic details
    • Gray B 1991a pp.61-62 (compared to bowl from Chilek in Samarkand museum) bibliographic details
    • Simpson 2012a pp.84-85 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history


    1996 17 Jan-14 Apr, Austria, Vienna, Kunsthistorisches museum, Weihrauch und Seide – geld und Luxus aus dem Antiken Orient

    Exhibition: "Alexander the Great: East-West Cultural Contacts from Greece to Japan", Tokyo National Museum, 5 Aug-5 Oct 2003; Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, 18 Oct-21 Dec 2003

  • Condition

    Most of gilt worn off

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Given by Max Bonn, Esq. 1912; said to be from the river Swat.

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  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 124087 (WAA big number)
    • AF.201
    • OT 201 (second edition)


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