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Silver gilt
H x W x D: 4.7 x 21 x 21 cm (1 7/8 x 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 in)
Sasanian period
Silver plate with a low ring foot, exterior plain. There is a narrow gilded band on the inner rim, and details of the interior decoration are gilded. Traces of textile impressions are visible without magnification on much of the interior and along section in lower left of interior.
On the interior are two rampant ibexes flanking a grapevine tree. At the bottom is a large calyx-like container or base, from which grow vines extending to right and left of main trunk. At base, vines cross to form a guilloche pattern.
Vines terminate in grapes, leaves, rosette and star pattern, and calyxes; the vines are inhabited by peacocks, birds with long tail feathers, and a pair of peahens at the top flanking the upper calyx.
Weight: 566.9 g.
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Exhibition History:
Feast Your Eyes: A Taste for Luxury in Ancient Iran (February 4, 2012 - ongoing)
Weihrauch und Seide: Geld und Lexus aus dem Antiken Orient (January 21, 1996 to April 14, 1996)
Incense and Silk: Ancient Cultures Along the Silk Road (January 22 to April 14, 1996)
Luxury Arts of the Silk Route Empires (May 9, 1993 to January 28, 2007)
Nomads and Nobility: Art from the Ancient Near East (September 28, 1987 to November 1, 1992)
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ibex  Search this
Sasanian period (ca. 224 - 651)  Search this
grape  Search this
Iran  Search this
Ancient Near Eastern Art  Search this
peahen  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
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Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
On View:
Sackler Gallery 21: Feast Your Eyes: A Taste for Luxury in Ancient Iran
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Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery