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A very invaluable and rare Siver Rhyton of a seated bull, Jaam-e Jahaan Namaa exhibition, Bonyad museum, from a collection of Shah's courtieres and generals' properties that were put into requisition following the revolution of 1979.
Silver rhytons such as this were ubiquitous and used as a drinking vessel in ancient Persia, especially during the reign of the Achaemenids. It is persumed that this specific vessels were used fro drinking wine and other beverages in the ceremonies. The fanciful beast that forms its base is both mammal and birds but mostly Lion, sheep and bull. Seated bulls are seen in so many carvings and pillars of the Persepolis and was the symbol for richness and affluence.
As far as I know, rhytons were made of clay, siver, gold, brtonze and even horns but what remained up to know, are mostly silver and gold rhytons which belonged to the kings and the royal familly and aristocrats, so the art and design of such rhytons are really eye-catching and invaluable. The most famous rhyton is the gold winged-Lion that is now kept in the National Museum of Iran in Tehran. So many other rhytons are also kept in the Reza Abbasi museum in Tehran.

ريتون نقره اي با سر گاو، دوره هخامنشي، نمايشگاه جام جهان نما

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