Near Eastern, Parthian, Large Silver Dish with Warrior Fighting Lion,
Near Eastern Silver Dish in Relief, Warrior Spearing a Fierce Lion. Parthian, ca. 2nd Century BCE - 2nd Century CE. 10 1/4" diameter and 1 1/2" thick. On custom stand 10" high. Small loss of silver and possible restoration, see images. Ex: Archaeological Center Ltd, Jerusalem. For example see British Museum, Silver Plate Showing Shapur II, 200 - 600 CE (The Rise of World Faiths.) The Parthian Empire (247 BC – 224 AD), also known as the Arsacid Empire was a major Iranian political and cultural power in ancient Iran and Iraq. Its latter name comes from Arsaces I of Parthia who, as leader of the Parni tribe, founded it in the mid-3rd century BC when he conquered the region of Parthiain Iran's northeast, then a satrapy (province) in rebellion against the Seleucid Empire. Mithridates I of Parthia (r. c. 171–138 BC) greatly expanded the empire by seizing Media and Mesopotamia from the Seleucids. At its height, the Parthian Empire stretched from the northern reaches of the Euphrates, in what is now central-eastern Turkey, to eastern Iran. The empire, located on the Silk Road trade route between the Roman Empire in the Mediterranean Basin and the Han Empire of China, became a center of trade and commerce.
DIAMETER: 11 in | HEIGHT: 11 in
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CONDITION: Small loss and restoration. See images and description.