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Exceptional Greek Bronze Ceremonial Phiale with Gold Gilt

Exceptional Greek Bronze Ceremonial Phiale with Gold Gilt


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Directory: Hidden: Viewable: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1410791
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This exceptional vessel is a Greek bronze phiale that dates circa 5th-4th century B.C., and is approximately 6.4 inches in diameter, by 2.1 inches high. This piece is in mint condition with no repair and/or restoration, and has a beautiful and thick dark green patina, with dark brown and blue highlights. In addition, there are sections of this vessel's surface that has a gold gilt, and this gold gilt is seen mostly on the inner surface of this vessel. There is also a small round hole seen near the rim on one side, and this allowed one to suspend this piece with a leather cord. On the inside center, there are three hand beaten concentric circles, and these circles frame a raised circular roundel known as a "omphalos". In the ancient Greek mind this also represented the center of the world, and the ancient Greeks viewed the sacred site of Delphi in a similar context. This "omphalos" also served as a finger grip, as this vessel was used in religious ceremonies for the pouring of libations such as wine. The sacred design elements seen within this type of vessel also make this vessel the Greek libation vessel "par excellence". This type of vessel was also made from gold and silver, and often served as a temple or grave offering. (For the type, see D.E. Strong, "Greek and Roman Gold and Silver Plate", Methuen & Company Ltd. Pub., London, 1966, pp.74-83.) The exceptional bronze vessel offered here is also much better than most examples, as it is in mint condition with beautiful surfaces. Ex: Private German collection, circa 1980's-2000's. (Note: Additional documentation is available to the purchaser, including EU Export and US Customs Import documentation.) I certify that this piece is authentic as to date, culture, and condition:
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