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Shallow bowl or decorative attachment
4th-5th century C.E.

Sasanian period

Silver and gilt
Afghanistan

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Greek culture was introduced to Central Asia following the conquests of Alexander the Great around 330 B.C.E. Although made many centuries later, this object testifies to the continued vitality of Greek art and culture in Central Asia. Many of the figures can be identified as characters in the tragic plays of Euripides, a Greek dramatist who lived in the fifth century B.C.E. Individual features of dress, hairstyle, and manner of representation draw upon Greek, Roman, Iranian, and Indian artistic traditions.