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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1969.177.23
Title
Phiale
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
mid 6th-mid 4th century BCE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Asia, Iran
Period
Achaemenid period
Culture
Achaemenid
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/281912
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Bronze
Technique
Cast and hammered
Dimensions
4.1 x 13.4 x 0.1 cm (1 5/8 x 5 1/4 x 1/16 in.)
Technical Details

Chemical Composition: XRF data from Tracer
Alloy: Bronze
Alloying Elements: copper, tin
Other Elements: lead, iron, nickel, silver, antimony, arsenic
K. Eremin, January 2014

Technical Observations: The patina on the interior has green corrosion over a brown surface, while the exterior is gray, green, and black, with a few patches of brown encrustations. Superficial cracks resulting from the fabrication of the bowl are also present.

The bowl was formed by hammering a cast ingot to shape it, with finishing and engraved turn lines done on a lathe. The central rosette design was chased into the surface with the shallowly engraved circular lines from lathe-turning serving as a guide.


Carol Snow (submitted 2002)

Provenance
Harry J. Denberg, New York, NY (by 1969), gift; to the Fogg Art Museum, 1969.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Harry J. Denberg
Accession Year
1969
Object Number
1969.177.23
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Subjects and Contexts

Ancient Bronzes

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