Lot 619: Parthian Plaque of a Reclining Banqueter
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 1st century BC-1st century AD. A baked clay plaque formed as a reclining man with long beard, hair combed in two globular braids under a simple cap, dressed in knee-length tunic, holding a drinking cup. Cf. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession Number: 55.162.2; The British Museum, Registration number 1851,0101.99. 165 grams, 12.4cm (4 3/4"). From a German collection; acquired on the German art market before 1990. The funerary banquet was a popular tradition especially with Eastern Greeks. This tradition was notably widespread in Hellenistic time, when Greek culture expanded and both religious and art ideas were incorporated and adapted in Persian area. Particularly in Parthian art, we can find both large marble panels with banquet scenes together and much smaller clay figurines of individuals in reclining position dating to late Hellenistic period. [No Reserve]
Condition Report: Fine condition.