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Ancient Near Eastern Art

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An extraordinary selection of silver-gilt ceremonial vessels, created in Iran during the Sasanian Empire (ca. 224–651), are on view in the Freer’s west corridor. The vessels’ elegant shapes and rich imagery epitomize the cosmopolitan style of this period. Also on display is the so-called Gold Treasure, a group of Byzantine works of art attributable to sixth- and seventh-century Constantinople but discovered in Egypt.

Plate

Plate, 5th-7th c. CE, Sasanian period. Silver and gilt, Iran. F1964.10. Learn more »


As renovation work continues in the Freer Gallery, the Sackler Gallery also will close on July 10, 2017. This museum-wide closure will allow us to completely reinstall our exhibitions and revitalize features to improve your visit. Both spaces will reopen on October 14, 2017, when we will welcome the public back to the Freer|Sackler: two galleries, one destination. For your safety, all visitors will have their bags checked. See the complete list of restricted items and bag sizes.