Phrygian or Lydian / Bowl with radiating petal design / 8th?6th century B.C.Phrygian or Lydian
Bowl with radiating petal design
8th?6th century B.C.

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Phrygian
Creator Name-CRT: Phrygian or Lydian
Title: Bowl with radiating petal design
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 0
Creation End Date: 0
Creation Date: 8th?6th century B.C.
Creation Place: Anatolia
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: silver
Dimensions: Diam. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)

The Phrygians ruled in Central Anatolia, from about 800 to 700 B.C., from their capital at Gordion. King Midas, known in myth to have turned all he touched to gold, may have been the person buried in the great tumulus at Gordion. That tomb contained many drinking bowls made of brass (which in antiquity would have had a bright golden color) with a raised knob in the center allowing it to be held comfortably from underneath.

This silver bowl, with a fine petal design with graceful stems radiating from a central raised knob, is a variation on many of the drinking bowls from the Gordion excavations. Thus, there is a possibility that this vessel was made by the Phrygians. But the Lydians, who ruled in western Anatolia from 685 to 547 B.C., admired objects of Phrygian manufacture, and this silver vessel may have in fact been made by the Lydians .

AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 66.116
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Klejman, in memory of Director James J. Rorimer, 1966
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.66.116
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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