Bronze objects started making appearances in the Near East during 3100BC, it was more durable against the other metals available during the time. Bronze revolutionised everyday objects ranging from vessels to agricultural tools to weapons. The Near East and Western Asia were the first regions to start using bronze which aided the rise of Mesopotamian civilisation of Sumer. Different decorative techniques were also developed, further embellishing weapons, belt plaques, tableware, statuettes and votive offerings.
Western Asiatic Bronze Dish
A Western Asiatic dish cast from bronze featuring a slightly concave base, enriched with two concentric circles which dips at the centre. The carinated sides flare outwards towards the curved rim. The interior of the dish has been embellished with incised geometric motifs. Two friezes curve around the centre, the first displays double ovolos with small circles above each dip. The second frieze exhibits alternating scalloped motifs and triangles with cross-hatching. Green encrustation is visible to the surface. The dish is mounted on a custom-made stand.
Provenance: Ex major S.M collection, London, 1970-2010.
Condition: Fine condition, some chipping and slight hole to the rim. Weight without the stand; 217.4g