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Vase

Type
Vessel
Historical period(s)
Sasanian period, 6th-7th century
Medium
Silver and gilt; hammered, repousse, chased, gilded
Dimension(s)
H x Diam (overall): 11 x 17.9 cm (4 5/16 x 7 1/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1965.20
Label
A large group of Sasanian silver and gilt vases of similar shape illustrates themes and motifs connected with the cult of Dionysos, the ancient Greek god of wine and ecstatic experience. Of this group, however, only this particular example depicts the god himself. Appropriately, this imagery is found on vessels such as this one, which was used to contain wine. Elaborately decorated silver and gilt examples of this shape were made toward the end of the Sasanian period, the sixth and seventh centuries, as luxury banqueting equipment.

To 1965
Marguerite Mallon, Paris. [1]

From 1965
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Marguerite Mallon, Paris. [2]

Notes:

[1] See correspondences between Marguerite Mallon and the Director of the Freer Gallery of Art, John Pope; copies in the object file. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Former owner
Marguerite Mallon
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Keyword(s)
bird, chasing, gilding, hammering, Iran, repousse, Sasanian period (ca. 224 - 651)
Collection(s) Area
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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