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Freer Gallery of Art

An extraordinary selection of silver-gilt ceremonial vessels, created in Iran during the Sasanian Empire (ca. 224–651), are on view in the Freer’s west corridor. The vessels’ elegant shapes and rich imagery epitomize the cosmopolitan style of this period. Also on display is the so-called Gold Treasure, a group of Byzantine works of art attributable to sixth- and seventh-century Constantinople but discovered in Egypt.


Plate, 5th-7th c. CE, Sasanian period. Silver and gilt, Iran. F1964.10. Learn more »

Get here quick! The Freer Gallery closes for renovation on January 4, 2016, so we can better present our art and serve our visitors. The Sackler Gallery remains open and as dynamic as ever. Check out asia.si.edu/future to learn more and plan your trip.