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Bowl with Central Boss

16th century
20.32 cm x 20.32 cm x 5.4 cm (8 in. x 8 in. x 2 1/8 in.)

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The bowl is cast in three sections and hammered with punched decoration and gilding. In the center of the bowl is a raised boss decorated with a cone of petals surrounded by a circle of raised dots, a plain, depressed band, and another circle of dots. This is encircled by a wide band of concave disks on a background dotted toward the center of the bowl and decorated with leaf form toward the rim, and enclosed by another depressed band between circles of raised dots. The rest of the bowl is undecorated except for a band of gilding on the inner rim. The ring foot is encircled by a classical dentil design.

Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Persian Art, 2nd ed. (London, 1931), 48.

Handbook of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Harvard University (Washington, DC, 1955), no. 116.

R.J. Gettens and C.L. Waring, "The Composition of Some Ancient Persian and Other Near Eastern Silver Objects," Ars Orientalis 2 (1957), 88, no. 12 and pl. 2, fig. 4.

M. Ross, Catalogue of the Byzantine and Early Mediaeval Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Vol. I, Metalwork, Ceramics, Glass, Glyptics, Painting (Washington, DC, 1962), no. 27, pl. XXIV.

Handbook of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Harvard University (Washington, DC, 1967), no. 86.

Exhibition History
London, Royal Academy of Arts, "International Exhibition of Persian Art," 1931.

Cambridge, Fogg Museum, "A Selection of Ivories, Bronzes, Metalwork and Other Objects from the Dumbarton Oaks Collection," Nov. 15 - Dec. 31, 1945.

Acquisition History
Purchased from Claude Anet, July 1913.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks.

Harvard University, The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, November 1940.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Byzantine Collection, Washington, D.C.