Achaemenid Persian Lion Rhyton
The Achaemenid Persian Lion Rhyton (in Persian:"تکوک شیر غران") is an ancient artifact related to Achaemenians.
Early Iranians had rhytons with an animal head at the end of the vessel; Later in Achaemenid period the animal part of the rhyton was usually located in front of it and has a 90 degree angle to the vessel.
The rhyton has been created in 500 B.C by estimates. It has 6.7 in. height (about 17 cm.) and is totally made up of gold. The different parts of the artifact are joined together by soldering so skilfully done that observers can't even see any trace. It was believed by people that if someone drinks a little bit of the vessel's content, he/she could acquire superhuman powers.
- "The Persians: Archaeology of Achaemenid Persia". Wfltd.com. Archived from the original on 2015-07-07. Retrieved 2015-07-28.
- "Vessel terminating in the forepart of a lion [Iran]" (54.3.3) In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History . New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/54.3.3. (October 2006)