Forged from a single sheet of bronze with flattened base and gently curved walls with punched concentric circles decorating the inside. Exhibiting an attractive green/brown patina.
Ancient bowls such as this are referred to as phiale, that is to say offering bowls, used for pouring libations. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has similar pieces in their Greek and Roman Art Collection, i.e. Accession Numbers 1989.11.7, 1972.118.86 and 74.51.5597.
Condition: The bowl is intact and in excellent condition, with a fine green/brown patina.
Dimensions: Height 6.4 cm (2.5 inches) Diameter 17.5 cm (6.9 inches)
Provenance: Forming part of the James Stephan Snr. collection, assembled in the 1950's to early 1960's and then by descent. Dr. Stephan was a US intelligence officer who also held a degree in archaeology. He was posted in the Anatolian region of Turkey with the US government during this time, and acquired his collection from dealers and villagers throughout the region.