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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The palette depicts an image of Scythian (Śaka) king (?). The size of the object and the depicted figures make it very unusual. The ordinary size of comparable items is about 8 to 15 cm. The upper part of the tray depicts a sitting male figure wearing a Scytho-Parthian dress. His cross-legged position reminds us of the images of Scythian (Śaka) kings on their coins. Two men on both sides are probably servants. In the beginning of the 1st century in the period of King Azes´reign, there was an advanced production of these palettes. Courtly life as depicted in the presented palette is rare. The most common were antique, mythological or hunting themes. The above-mentioned facts make the object worthy of interest and allows us to call it a masterpiece.

History of the Object
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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Greenish grey schist 
Measurements
Diameter 19, 3 cm, depth 2, 2 cm, depth of the relief 1, 1 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Pakistan; Gandhara region 
Geography
Pakistan 
Time period
BCE 1st century ~ BCE 1st century 
Creation date
BCE; 1st century BC 
Function
Toilet tray 
Acquisition
1998. Gift from a private collection (in case of living collectors we are not allowed to publish their names without their permission). 
Copyright
National Museum, Prague, Czech Republic 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State Property, the Czech Republic 
Museum
National Museum; Nàprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures 
Credit line
Courtesy of the National Museum - Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Culture, Prague, Czech Republic 

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