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Ewer decorated with female figures

Type
Ewer
Historical period(s)
Sasanian period, 6th-7th century
Medium
Silver and gilt
Dimension(s)
H x W x D (overall): 35.5 x 16.9 x 14 cm (14 x 6 5/8 x 5 1/2 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.117
Label
Among the silver vessels made in Iran during the sixth and seventh centuries were pear-shaped vases and pouring vessels, or ewers, closely related in form and elaborate gilded decoration. The examples displayed here share the theme of females holding symbolic objects. The figures were modeled in part after Roman personifications of the Seasons and Months, and representations of female attendants in the cult of Dionysos, the Greek god of wine and ecstatic experience.
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Keyword(s)
chasing, dance, gilding, hammering, Iran, repousse, Sasanian period (ca. 224 - 651), woman, 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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