Gilt silver rhyton: hammered and horizontally fluted silver horn with attached lost-wax cast protome in the form of the foreparts of a horned winged griffin who wears a necklace, originally set with a gem pendant, subsequently detached and missing; around the rim is an ornamented band in relief, composed of palmettes and lotus-buds, every alternate flower being gilded; the gilded parts of the monster are the tips of the ribbed horns, the wings, crest, and the raised band passing from the ears across the forehead and that crossing the beak, cheeks, mouth, the conventionalised muscles on the forelegs, and the raised necklace. The wing feathers are executed in punched lines, and punched dots cover the front of the head and the cheeks; the eye sockets were originally inlaid; the upright mane, now missing, was held in the deep channel formed by the two ridges on the neck.Originally used as a wine pourer, the lowermost hole in the chest acting as the pourer.
- Highlights/COMPASS, ["G52 Ancient Iran 1995", "case 7; no. 12"], ["G49 Ancient Iran 1994", "case 7; no. 10"]
- Made Of
- silver, gold
- Type of Thing
- Exhibition History
2006 7 Mar-11 Jun, Barcelona, Fundacion La Caixa, 'L'imperi Oblidat'
2005 Sept-2006 Jan, London, BM, 'Forgotten Empire'
G52/IRAN/7/12, 17/11/95-Aug 2005.
2003 18 Oct-21 Dec, Kobe, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, 'Alexander the Great: East-West Cultural Contacts from Greece to Japan'
2003 5 Aug-5 Oct, Tokyo National Museum, 'Alexander the Great: East-West Cultural Contacts from Greece to Japan'
1996 21 Jan-14 Apr, Wien, Kunsthistorisches Museum, 'Weihrauch und Seide: Alte Kulturen an der Seidenstrasse'
1990 28 Jun-23 Sep, Australia, Melbourne, Museum of Victoria, Civilization: Ancient Treasures from the British Museum, cat. no.16
1990 24 Mar-10 Jun, Australia, Canberra, National Gallery of Australia, Civilization: Ancient Treasures from the British Museum, cat. no.16
G49/IRAN/7/10, 16 Jun-23 Dec 1994.
Iranian Room [I.R.], case 10/7, Jul 1975-ca 1990.
Persian Landing [P.L.], case 2
1971, BM, 'Royal Persia: a commemoration of Cyrus the Great and his successors on the occasion of the 2500th anniversary of the founding of the Persian Empire'
Room 20: Persian Room, 1931-ca 1939.
King Edward VII Building: Franks Display, 1923-1931.
- hammered, upper portion, punched, ["lost-wax cast", "protome"], ["inlaid", "jewel, missing"], ["gilded", "highlights"]
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