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Bowl

Bowl

  • Place of origin:

    Caucasus (made)

  • Date:

    17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver-gilt, embossed

  • Museum number:

    96-1882

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries, case 9

Wine bowls such as this were made throughout the Caucasus, a vast region encompassing present-day Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and part of northern Russia. They are sometimes called hunting bowls, as many feature stags, hares or other hunted animals. On this example, the bowl is embossed with a figure of St. John the Baptist holding his own head on a charger, and his name inscribed in cyrillic script.

Physical description

Bowl, silver-gilt, the inside embossed with a figure of St. John the Baptist holding his own head in a charger, the rim with foliage, crowns and cherub heads.

Place of Origin

Caucasus (made)

Date

17th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver-gilt, embossed

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed with the cyrillic for: Johannes Prophetes

Unmarked

Dimensions

Diameter: 11.2 cm, Height: 2.9 cm

Object history note

Purchase - (£6) (in Venice)

Acquired as Italy about 1550

Descriptive line

Silver, Continental

Labels and date

Silver Gallery:
The bowl is embossed with a figure of St. John the Baptist holding his own head on a charger, and his name inscribed in cyrillic. [26/11/2002]

Production Note

Maker unidentified

Categories

Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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