Greek Hellenistic Phiale with Gold Rosette.
ca. 400-300 B.C. Greek Hellenistic Period.
A fantastic phiale formed by a single hammered silver sheet; a smooth surface with a slightly flanged, corseted neck, a flared, unpronounced rim and a shallow interior. The central part is decorated with an applied gilded rosette. Libation bowls were used across a wide geographical area – from Greece to Tibet, throughout the ancient Near East and Central Asia.
This bowl was used for holding wine in ritual and ceremonial settings. The “rosette” symbol was widely used by many cultures, starting from Mesopotamian civilisations. For the Greeks, it was representing the connection with the divine and spiritual rebirth; with each leaf representing the renewal of life circle. Very interesting and important artifact from the time of Alexander the Great; once used in an Ancient Temple it was held by a priest trying to foresee the future.
Very good condition. Size: H:170mm / W:170mm ; 157g