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Iranian Silver Bowl with Royal Feast, 11th century.
Found at Melken, Ufa, Russia.



141. pl. LXXIX et LXXX. — 1858. Melkén, Gouvernement d'Oufa. Musée de la Société pour l'encouragement des Beaux-Arts, St. Pétersbourg.
Melken, a village on the river Ik, a tributary of the Kama, Menzelinskiy u., Ufa province; from the treasure, found in 1858 or 1859 - 141.
Source: Ia. I. Smirnov Vostochnoe serebro (Eastern silver): atlas drevneĭ sereb︠r︡ianoĭ i zolotoĭ posudy



Cup with image of royal feast.
N or NE Iran, 2nd half 12th- 1st half 13th c. Silver, gilding. Dia. 11.5 cm., H. 2.2 cm. Arabic and Persian inscriptions with anonymous wishes for good fortune. Found 1858 Melken, Ufa prov. along with six other silver dishes. In 1870 belonged to V. S. Skariatin in Menselinsk; in 1909 in Museum of the Society for the Promotion of the Fine Arts, SPb. Current location not known. Pub.: Smirnov no. 141; Darkevich, no. 15, pl. 38/1-4, fig. 15/8, pp. 14-15.
Source: Silk Road Seattle



See a Ladle with the image of the ruler on the throne and two courtiers, 11th century. Muzhi No. OF-801, Russia.
The number of figures surrounding the central character, in our case, is reduced to two, as on the Iranian silver bowl of the 11th century, from the village of Melken (Smirnov, 1909, ill. 141) with a scene of an imperial feast (Marshak, 1976: 161, 162; Marschak, 1986, S. 108; Darkevich mistakenly dates the bowl from the 2nd half of XII to the first half XIII century: Darkevich, 1976, pp. 14, 15, 114)



See also Plates with figures from Persia and Central Asia
Other 11th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers
Other Persian Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers