Ritual Basin

Date: 6th–8th century

Culture: Afghanistan or Central Asia

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: Diam. 7 11/16 in. (19.5 cm)

Classification: Metalwork

Credit Line: Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Ex Coll.: Columbia University, Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1987

Accession Number: 1987.218.6


Decorating the side of this basin is a frieze depicting two dragons attacking a boy. The youth holds a flower to his nose and clutches the horn of an antelope. The dragons are composite animals with segmented bodies and are related to similar creatures represented on post-Sasanian metalwork from the Oxus River basin of northern Afghanistan.