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Gold Lion Rhyton - PH.0231
Origin: France
Circa: 19 th Century AD to 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 4.75" (12.1cm) high x 1.75" (4.4cm) wide
Collection: Near Eastern art
Style: Classical Revival
Medium: Gold


Location: United States
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Rhytons were ancient vessels used for drinking wine. The name comes from the Greek word “rhyta,” meaning to run through. Rhytons date back to the Bronze Age and were used by both Minoans and Mycenaeans in Greece. Intermittent periods of Persian rule from 8th century onwards likely lent to the appropriation of the vessel by the Persians. Persian kings and commanders often took rhytons with them on military campaigns.

The choice of animal was dictated by the beliefs of the culture that produced the vessel. The passage of wine through the lion may have been a sacred rite – a consecration of the liquid within. A warrior's prized possession, this fascinating object elucidates the cross- pollination of cultures between ancient peoples, a love of wine and the most treasured objects of the ancient peoples. - (PH.0231)

 

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