Phoenician Bronze Phiale Mesomphalos

Culture: Phoenician
Period: 8th-7th century B.C.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 19.7 cm in diameter
Price: 7 800 Euro
Ref: 6116
Provenance: US private collection from the 1980s. Thence Christie’s New York on 6 December 2007, lot 541 (sold for 10 000 US Dollar). Thence French private collection. Accompanied by a French antiquities passport.
Condition: Some area of corrosion and a minor hardly visible restauration, otherwise intact.
Description: Hammered bronze bowl with a central omphalos, framed by a circular dotted decoration and a line-band. The outer dotted band serves as a baseline for the actual frieze, depicting four finely worked stags with long ears and magnificent antlers. The bodies dotted. Between the stags are trees with long branches and large fruits. Below the rim another hatched band.