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.

An00020550 001 l

Time

Acquired In
1897
Made
5thC BC
Period/Culture
Achaemenid

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