H x W x D: 15.5 x 25.4 x 14.1 cm (6 1/8 x 10 x 5 9/16 in)
Iran or Afghanistan
lion, bull, gazelle, Sasanian period (ca. 224 - 651), Afghanistan, Iran, Ancient Near Eastern Art, gilding, repousse, chasing
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Sackler: Sackler: Feast Your Eyes: A Taste for Luxury in Ancient Iran
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
To at least 1966 Farhadi and Anavian Co., New York.  From at least 1978 to 1987 Arthur M. Sackler (1913-1987), New York, purchased sometime between 1966 and 1978.  From 1987 Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of Arthur M. Sackler, New York.  Notes:  At the time of the publication of Dorothy Shepherd’s article on the rhyton, the piece was in the collection of Farhadi and Anavian, New York. See Dorothy Shepherd, “Two Silver Rhyta,” Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, 53 (1966), 300 fig. 11. See also notes from the object file, Collections Management Office.  By 1978 when this rhyton was published in Prudence O. Harper, The Royal Hunter: Art of the Sasanian Empire (New York, 1978) 36-38, no. 5, Harper wrote it was in Dr. Arthur M. Sackler’s collection. Sometime between 1966 and 1978 the object was purchased by Arthur M. Sackler. See also note 1.  Pursuant to the agreement between Arthur M. Sackler and the Smithsonian Institution, dated July 28, 1982, legal title of the donated objects was transferred to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery on September 11, 1987.
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