- Historical period(s)
- Sasanian period, 5th-7th century
- Silver and gilt
- H x Diam (overall): 4.1 x 21.9 cm (1 5/8 x 8 5/8 in)
- Credit Line
- Purchase -- Charles Lang Freer Endowment
- Freer Gallery of Art
- Accession Number
- This complex scene, which decorates the interior of a shallow plate, testifies to the lively cultural interaction that took place between the eastern Mediterranean and Central Asia in the first millennium. In the center, the Greek god Dionysos (depicted here with female-like breasts) sits nexts to the princess Ariadne; to the right stands the hero Herakles. The plate depicts the triumphal arrival of the Greek god Dionysos in India. A popular subject of Roman imperial art, it was later depicted over a wide area of the Byzantine Empire in textiles, gemstones, and metalwork, and transferred through such portable media to neighboring Sasanian Iran.
Mahboubian Gallery of Ancient Art, Tehran, Iran and New York. 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Mehdi Mahboubian, Tehran, Iran and New York. 
 Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List file after 1920, Collections Management Office.
 See note 1.
- Former owner
- Mahboubian Gallery of Ancient Art
- On View Location
- Currently not on view
- Collection(s) Area
- Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum