Achaemenid Silver Wine Pourer

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 01 April 2016

This rhyton is one of the most famous pieces of silverware to survive the Persian Empire. The front is in the form of winged griffin wearing a necklace originally inlaid with a semi-precious stone. The top is decorated with palmettes and lotus buds, with alternate flowers highlighted with gilding. It would have been used to top up drinking bowls during banquets. Probably from Altintepe near Erzincan, Turkey. Achaemenid Period, Mid-6th to 5th centuries BCE. (The Brtiish Museum, London)



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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