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Vase

Type
Vase
Historical period(s)
Sasanian period, 6th-7th century
Medium
Vase; silver and gilt
Dimension(s)
17.7 x 9.7 cm
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Purchase
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1964.3
Label
Vessels of this shape, used to contain wine, were most often decorated with elaborate figural scenes (see F1965.20 and F1966.1). By contrast, this example is decorated with a gilded, trilobed pattern that also appears on other silver-gilt vessels of the Sasanian period (ca. 224–651). In both styles of decoration, however, the gilding is applied to the background. This is one of a set of four vessels, the other three being today in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and in the Miho Museum, Japan.

To 1964
K. Rabenou, New York. [1]

From 1964
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from K. Rabenou, New York. [2]

Notes:

[1] Object folder, undated folder sheet note 1. Also see Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Keyword(s)
chasing, gilding, hammering, Iran, Sasanian period (ca. 224 - 651)
Collection(s) Area
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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