Shallow bowl or decorative attachment

citation

Historical period(s)
Sasanian period, 4th-5th century CE
Medium
Silver and gilt
Dimensions
H x Diam (overall): 4.3 × 19.2 cm (1 11/16 × 7 9/16 in)
Geography
Afghanistan
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
F1945.33
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Bowl or boss

Keywords
Afghanistan, bear, bear, chasing, eagle, gilding, hammering, repousse, Sasanian period (ca. 224 - 651), WWII-era provenance
Provenance

To 1945
Hagop Kevorkian (1872-1962), New York. [1]

From 1945
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Hagop Kevorkian, New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] Object file, undated folder sheet note. See also, Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Hagop Kevorkian 1872 - 1962

Label

Greek culture was introduced to Central Asia following the conquests of Alexander the Great around 330 B.C.E. Although made many centuries later, this object testifies to the continued vitality of Greek art and culture in Central Asia. Many of the figures can be identified as characters in the tragic plays of Euripides, a Greek dramatist who lived in the fifth century B.C.E. Individual features of dress, hairstyle, and manner of representation draw upon Greek, Roman, Iranian, and Indian artistic traditions.

Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum