The Treasury - Near Eastern Art


10635. A FINELY ENGRAVED PERSIAN BRONZE BOWL. c. early 1st millennium BC. The bowl with slightly out turned rim and multiply ribbed body, The neck decorated with a register of finely engraved running ibex, alternately with heads forward and reverted, among floral motifs. 3.25" h x 8.25" diameter. In excellent intact condition with no repair or restoration and all details of the engraving clear. Provenance: The Arthur M. Sackler collection. Collected in the 1970's or earlier by Mr. Sackler. Possibly published in one of the dozen or so books documenting the Sackler collection.

Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987) was one of America's preeminent collectors. An M.D. by training, he amassed a fortune by gaining the rights to import and sell Valium in the United States. Sackler was also a scholar and patron of the arts. He endowed galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Princeton University, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University in Beijing, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C., and the Jillian & Arthur M. Sackler Wing at the Royal Academy, London.