Origin of this rhyton is a drinking horn, a vessel made of a horn of cattle or other animals from ancient times. Many rhyta are of a conical shape often decorated with a head or a protome of an animal. They were made of various materials - pottery, gold, silver, bronze, glass, etc.
The beak of this rhyton is in a shape of a head of a goat. Fine design of the rhyton enables it to stay stable on three points, one is the chin of the goat and the other two are bosses on the bottom of the tubular part prolonging from the head in the place where it bends and flares like a chalice towards the mouth of the vessel.
This rhyton was made in Bactria (nowadays Afghanistan) where in the 2nd millennium B.C. the Bronze Age culture flourished and many bronze works of art were created. The main subjects of the Bactrian Bronze Age art were animals. When the animals appeared in mythology or were depicted on the ritual utensils the design was full of spiritual power, but in works of art showing animals with realism charm of the everyday life companions was skillfully expressed.
Rhyton, Bactria, 1st millennium B.C., Bronze, L: 23 cm

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