A massive ancient Chlorite stone Chalice with handle, Intercultural style of Persia / Bactria, 3rd. millenium BC.
The vessel carved in a massive chlorite stone with thick walls and high stemmed foot. It has a large handle going from the top to the foot and with a nsculptured rams head at the top. The vessel is decorated with palm trees with small Scorpios on them. Scorpios and snakes are often seen on Southern Kerman and Bactrian stone carvings in the 3rd. millenium, with stylistical elements from both Bactrian and Mesopotamian civilizations, and influenced from the peculiar elamite art as well. The scorpio is a symbols of suffering and death as well as the evil forces of nature.
Extremely fine style of carving! Attractive and symethic and well-proportioned.
Size: 14 cm. wide incl. the handle, and 12,7 cm. tall, weighing ca. 920 grams. A massive and rare piece.
Condition: Superb and intact with fine wear and greyish patina.
Ex. Old collection, collected in the 1970s-80s.