Achaemenid large faience rosette



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A large green glazed faience disc moulded with a lobed pattern to form a sixteen petal rosette around a central piercing.

Sixteen and twelve petalled rosettes recur frequently in Achaemenid and neo-Assyrian iconography. The decoration occurs perhaps most frequently on the tondo of metal drinking vessels but also on glazed bricks such as those found along the edges of a ceremonial stairway at Persepolis.

Achaemenid, 6th or 5th Century BC

5.8 x 1.2 cms

Intact apart from some very minor chips

Ex. private collection, UK; acquired in London. There is a very small black ink reference or museum number 90v66 on the back.

Mounted on a black painted display stand