Illustration principale
Rhyton
Balochistan, Southeastern Iran, 2nd millenium BC

Bronze
Length : 23 cm


Provenance : Private collection, London
Persepolis Gallery, Mayfair (ca.1980)

Publication : "KunstKammer"
(M. Doustar, 2017), n°14
A magnifiaient bronze rhyton of a rare and early type that consists of a long conical body in the shape of horn entirely decorated of geometric pattern in panels, two friezes of rearing snakes with human arms and a top panel with a frieze of mouflons. The long funnel-shape vessel terminates elegantly with an ibex head displaying impressive curved antlers and a short beard.

Similar in form to, and perhaps originating from the libation horn, rhytons have been widespread over Eurasia since prehistoric times, and particularly in Persia where they produced it in various metals and stones often richly ornated. In an article titled "Persian influence on Greece", Dr Janine Bakker (2012) notes that after a Greek victory over Persia, much silver, gold, and other luxuries, including numerous rhytons, were brought to Athens. Persian rhytons were immediately imiteted by Greek artists

Asimilar bronze rhythm can be found in the collections of the Louvre in Paris.
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