- Historical period(s)
- Sasanian period, 6th-7th century
- Silver and gilt; hammered, repousse, chased, gilded
- H x Diam (overall): 18.2 × 11.1 cm (7 3/16 × 4 3/8 in)
- Credit Line
- Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
- Freer Gallery of Art
- Accession Number
- A large group of Sasanian silver and gilt vases of similar shape illustrates themes and motifs connected with the cult of Dionysos, the ancient Greek god of wine and ecstatic experience. Of this group, however, only this particular example depicts the god himself. Appropriately, this imagery is found on vessels such as this one, which was used to contain wine. Elaborately decorated silver and gilt examples of this shape were made toward the end of the Sasanian period, the sixth and seventh centuries, as luxury banqueting equipment.
Marguerite Mallon, Paris. 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Marguerite Mallon, Paris. 
 See correspondences between Marguerite Mallon and the Director of the Freer Gallery of Art, John Pope; copies in the object file. See also Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920 file, Collections Management Office.
 See note 1.
- Former owner
- Marguerite Mallon
- On View Location
- Currently not on view
- bird, chasing, gilding, hammering, Iran, repousse, Sasanian period (ca. 224 - 651), WWII-era provenance
- Collection(s) Area
- Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum