ACHMAENINID PERSIAN METALWORK: Rhyton (Drinking Vessel) Achaemenid. 5th - 3rd centuries BCE. gold. Archaeological Museum, Tehran, Iran. A rhyton is a container from which wines, such as the famous Shiraz wine, were intended to be drunk, or poured in a ceremony. The shape was derived from drinking horns . It is possible they were copied from the Uratians and made popular popular by the Medes .