Lobed elliptical bowl

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Historical period(s)
Sasanian period, 7th century
Medium
Silver and gilt
Dimensions
H x W x D (overall): 4.5 x 19.2 x 12.8 cm (1 3/4 x 7 9/16 x 5 1/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
S1987.116
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Bowl

Keywords
gilding, hammering, Iran, repousse, Sasanian period (ca. 224 - 651), WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987

Label

Wine bowls of elliptical shape formed an important category of silver vessels made in Iran and its neighbors during the sixth and seventh centuries. These bowls were often decorated with images of tigers, panthers, or vegetation. Such imagery was associated with the Greek god Dionysos, whose cult spread over a wide area of the eastern Mediterranean and Southwest Asia.

Published References
  • Ann C. Gunter Paul Jett. Ancient Iranian Metalwork in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and Mainz, Germany, 1992. cat. 30, pp. 43, 180-1.
  • Massoume Price. Ancient Iran. Culture of Iran Youth Series, 1st Edition. .
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum