- Historical period(s)
- Sasanian period, 6th-7th century
- Silver and gilt; hammered, repousse, chased, gilded
- H x W: 19.3 x 10.6 cm (7 5/8 x 4 3/16 in)
- Credit Line
- Purchase -- Charles Lang Freer Endowment
- Freer Gallery of Art
- Accession Number
- This vase is one of a group of Sasanian silver and gilt vessels decorated with figures of dancing females, who often hold or play musical instruments (see S1987.117 and S1987.118). Some of the figures are given halos and hairstyles with topknots, which distinguish them as royal or divine. An inscription on the rim of this vase records the weight of the vessel and the name of its owner; this information was probably used in ancient times to register the vessel for taxation purposes. Closely related examples are today in the Louvre, Paris and in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Marguerite Mallon, Rome, Italy. 
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Marguerite Mallon, Rome, Italy. 
 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
- chasing, child, dance, gilding, hammering, Iran, music, repousse, Sasanian period (ca. 224 - 651), woman
- Collection(s) Area
- Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum