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  • Persian Achaemenid glass bowl up 862% in antiquities auction
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    Paul Fraser
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Persian Achaemenid glass bowl up 862% in antiquities auction

A 2,500 year old glass Achaemenid bowl from the ancient Persian empire has achieved excellent results in Bonhams' Antiquities auction, held May 1 in London.

Persian Glass Bowl
A similar piece is preserved in the Hermitage collection in St Petersburg



Dating to the 5th or early 4th century BC, the glass piece has remarkably survived the tests of time and is incredibly rare. It quickly shot past its £50,000 high estimate to realise £481,250 ($748,546).

The pale green glass bowl was produced using the lost-wax casting method, then ground and polished. This type of bowl was made using the finest quality colourless glass, imitating highly prized rock crystal.

Bonhams saw more success for glass items in its May 1 auction of British and European Glass, with three auction records broken.

  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
  • AchaemenidbowlglassPersian