Picture of the Month

April 2013

Gold drinking goblets of the Persian Empire.

These vessels were mostly discovered around Susa, Iran. They are now kept in the Louvre Museum, France. They were produced or used during King Ahasuerus’ time (the Achamenian dynasty). Some were produced by the royal family, while others were gifts. They could be among the ones mentioned in Esther 1:7: “Wine was served in goblets of gold, each one different from the other, and the royal wine was abundant, in keeping with the king’s liberality.” There are other gold or silver vessels kept in the National Museum or Reza Abbasi Museum in Iran. They were discovered in the 18th and 19th centuries. Some of them have inscriptions to help confirm the time period. (The above is explained by Professor Vincent Shen.)

[Note: The pictures above were obtained by putting together several vessels from indivisual pictures using a computer. Some of the indivisual pictures of these vessels are shown below.]