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LOT 0372

Estimate
GBP (£) 10,000 - 14,000
EUR (€) 11,460 - 16,050
USD ($) 12,910 - 18,080

Opening Bid
£9,000 (EUR 10,315; USD 11,621) (+bp*) Add to Watch list

Western Asiatic Achaemenid Cut-Glass Rhyton

5th-4th century BC

An aqua glass rhyton with detailing and chamfered rim, conical body with eighteen graduated circumferential ribs, thickened collar with notches indicating the mane and incised ears, lion-head finial with gaping mouth; eyes, teeth, nose and muzzle with cut detailing. 257 grams, 16cm (6 1/4"). Very fine condition.

Provenance
Property of a Surrey gentleman; acquired 2010 from a private European collector living in South Kensington, London, UK; previously acquired in 1991.

Literature
See von Saldern, A. Glasrhyta Festschrift für Waldemar Haberey, Mainz, 1976 for discussion.

Footnotes
The luxury glass items produced in the Achaemenid Empire are of exceptional quality, made in the royal workshops at Persepolis, Susa and Ecbatana, possibly utilising the skills of Assyrian workmen. By the 7th century BC, attempts were underway to produce a clear (non-coloured) type of glass in imitation of the rare mineral rock crystal. The de-colourising agent(s) used include antimony (and later manganese), and great care was taken to exclude iron from the material. Clear glass became highly desirable and production spread across the Aegean.


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The May Fair Hotel London
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