Parthian Rhyton, jewels unearthed in Semnan

TEHRAN – Archaeologists unearthed a clay rhyton and some jewelry while inspecting the burial chambers of an ancient cemetery in Semnan province, north-central Iran.

The rhyton, which bears the representation of a wild goat, is believed to date from the Parthian era (247 BC).

By the way, in a tomb belonging to a lady, a bronze ring depicting a sphinx was discovered alongside other luxurious items such as bracelets, bangles, bracelets, various types of pottery, etc., which is unique, according to the report.

So far, a team of archaeologists have explored five burial chambers and three newly dug trenches each measuring ten by ten meters.

The Parthian Empire, also known as the Arsacid Empire, was a major Iranian political and cultural power in ancient Iran. The Parthians widely adopted the art, architecture, religious beliefs, and royal insignia of their culturally heterogeneous empire, which encompassed Persian, Hellenistic, and regional cultures. At its peak, the Parthian Empire stretched from north of the Euphrates River in what is now east-central Turkey to eastern Iran.

The Parthian wealth obtained through lucrative trade networks resulted in significant patronage of the arts, in particular relief sculpture, statuary (large and small scale), architectural sculpture, ironwork, jewelry and ceramics; coins with images of Parthian rulers form another important category of objects.

A rhyton is a roughly conical vessel from which fluids were intended to be drunk or poured in a ceremony such as a libation, or simply at the table. They are usually shaped like an animal’s head and were produced over large areas of ancient Eurasia, particularly from Persia to the Balkans.


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