Assyrian Bronze Bowl with an Engraved Rosette


An Assyrian finely cast bronze bowl, featuring a hemispherical container with a shallow calotte-shape, dating to the late 8th century BC. The bowl features a flat base and a moulded rim. Its slightly convex walls render an elegant continuously curved profile. The interior base features a beautifully engraved raised rosette, from which a small, cone-shaped protrusion rises. The rosette, comprising narrow, elongated petals that are characteristic of the Assyrian rosette, is framed by an encircling herringbone pattern. The majority of the interior surface is clear of patination and has a beautiful polished finish.

Diameter: 18.5 cm

Date: Circa late 8th century BC
Condition: Very fine condition. Part of the bowl is covered with attractively lustrous brownish patina.

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From the Iron Age, handless and footless bronze bowls, with a shallow calotte-shape and a small omphalos (a Greek word referring to a raised central point), framed by either an incised or a raised rosette, have been widely discovered in Assyria, Cyprus, Mainland Greece and Etruria. In Greek times, such bronze bowls, sometimes with elaborately decorated figural and zoomorphic ornaments, are known as ‘phiale mesomphalos’. They are believed to have been used as a cremation container or a dedicatory offering in ancient Greece, in accordance with Homer’s literature. However, bronze bowls with a central omphalos and rosette had a very clear Near Eastern origin. As this object presents, its combination of an Assyrian stylised rosette and characteristic Luristan herringbone pattern indicates that it might have been produced in the late eighth century BC. Differentiating from their Greek counterparts, bronze bowls of this type might have been an elite object in  Assyria, and were probably used by royals and aristocrats for daily purposes.

Weight 577.6 g
Dimensions W 18.5 x H 6 cm



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