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Cast silver statuette of a bearded man, from the Oxus treasure

-499/-300

British Museum

British Museum

This statuette is part of the Oxus treasure, the most important collection of gold and silver to have survived from the Achaemenid period. The treasure, probably from a temple on the banks of the river Oxus, dates mainly from the fifth and fourth centuries BC. This cast silver statuette is partially gilded and may represent a king. He is shown in Persian dress and holds either a flower or a bundle of sacred rods known as a barsom. These were originally grasses that were distributed during religious ceremonies. Similar figures with tiered robes are shown on stone reliefs at the Persian centre of Persepolis.

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  • Title: Cast silver statuette of a bearded man, from the Oxus treasure
  • Date Created: -499/-300
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 14.80cm; Weight: 386.50g
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: cast; gilded; chased; pierced
  • Registration number: 1897,1231.1
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Takht-i Kuwad
  • Period/culture: Achaemenid
  • Material: silver; gold
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Bequeathed by Franks, Augustus Wollaston. Previous owner/ex-collection Cunningham, Alexander. From Burton, Francis Charles

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