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Historical period(s)
Sasanian period, 6th-7th century
Vase; silver and gilt
H x Diam: 17.6 × 10 cm (6 15/16 × 3 15/16 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Vessels of this shape, used to contain wine, were most often decorated with elaborate figural scenes (see F1965.20 and F1966.1). By contrast, this example is decorated with a gilded, trilobed pattern that also appears on other silver-gilt vessels of the Sasanian period (ca. 224–651). In both styles of decoration, however, the gilding is applied to the background. This is one of a set of four vessels, the other three being today in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and in the Miho Museum, Japan.

To 1964
K. Rabenou, New York, New York. [1]

From 1964
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from K. Rabenou, New York, New York. [2]


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

[2] See note 1.

Former owner
K. Rabenou
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel
chasing, gilding, hammering, Iran, Sasanian period (ca. 224 - 651), WWII-era provenance
Collection(s) Area
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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