Medallion

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Historical period(s)
11th-12th century
Medium
Gold
Dimensions
H x W x D: 5.1 × 4.3 × 0.8 cm (2 × 1 11/16 × 5/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1943.8
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork
Type

Medal

Keywords
attendant, chasing, falcon, falconry, hunting, Iran, ruler, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Arthur Upham Pope

Label

An enthroned figure, holding a goblet and surrounded by attendants, appears on the obverse of this medallion. The reverse depicts a royal rider hunting with falcons. The two scenes represent the concepts of feasting (bazm) and fighting or hunting (razm), associated with the Persian ideals of kingship. Few examples of such imagery in gold have survived, since gold was often melted down for reuse.

Collection Area(s)
Arts of the Islamic World
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum