Freer Gallery of Art Arthur M Sackler Gallery Gallery Guide Arts of the Islamic World

Spherical bowl
Sasanian period (250–300)
Silver and gilt
Purchase F1957.20
A few silver bowls from the Sasanian period (224–651) are decorated with portrait busts of a ruler or other high-ranking individuals. Among the earliest types of Sasanian silver vessels, they were probably inspired by Roman glass or silver vessels with portrait busts of prominent individuals.

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