Feast Your Eyes: A Taste for Luxury in Ancient Iran Object Gallery

Objects 1 – 33 of 33

Shallow bowl

Sasanian period, 4th-5th century CE
Afghanistan
Silver and gilt
H x Diam (overall): 4.3 × 19.2 cm (1 11/16 × 7 9/16 in)
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
F1945.33

Rhyton in the shape of a bull’s head

ca. 330 BCE
Italy, Apulia, Tarentum
Red-figure terracotta
H x W x D: 10.8 × 10.5 × 21.6 cm (4 1/4 × 4 1/8 × 8 1/2 in)
Gift of Patricia A. Mink in memory of Senator Hugh Scott
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
S2013.3

Breastplate fragment

Iron Age III, ca. 800-500 BCE
Northwestern Iran
Gold
H x W x D: 9.3 x 18.1 x 0.5 cm (3 11/16 x 7 1/8 x 3/16 in)
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
S1986.496

Plate

Sasanian period, 7th century
Iran
Bronze
H x W x D: 3.9 x 26.1 x 26.1 cm (1 9/16 x 10 1/4 x 10 1/4 in)
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
S1987.108

Phiale with inscription

Achaemenid period, Reign of Artaxerxes I, 499-400 BCE
Iran
Silver
H x Diam (overall): 4.8 x 29.5 cm (1 7/8 x 11 5/8 in)
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
F1974.30

Spouted vessel with gazelle protome

Achaemenid period, ca. 500-300 BCE
Iran or Turkey
Earthenware and paint
H x W x D: 28.3 x 11.7 x 18.1 cm (11 1/8 x 4 5/8 x 7 1/8 in)
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
S1987.31

Spouted vessel with lion protome

Parthian period, 1st century BCE-1st century CE
Iran
Silver and gilt
H x W x D: 25.8 x 26.9 x 17.5 cm (10 3/16 x 10 9/16 x 6 7/8 in)
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
S1987.130

Spouted vessel with lynx protome

Parthian period, 1st century BCE-1st century CE
Iran
Silver and gilt
H x W x D: 23.5 x 12.4 x 30.4 cm (9 1/4 x 4 7/8 x 11 15/16 in)
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
S1987.131

Plate

Sasanian period, Reign of Shapur II, 4th century
Iran
Silver and gilt
H x Diam: 5 x 24 cm (1 15/16 x 9 7/16 in)
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
F1934.23

Bowl

Sasanian period, 3rd century
Iran
Silver and gilt
H x Diam (overall): 21 x 6.2 cm (8 1/4 x 2 7/16 in)
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
F1957.20

High-footed bowl with interior medallion

Sasanian period, 500-600
Iran
Silver and niello
H x W x D: 10.2 x 18 x 18 cm (4 x 7 1/16 x 7 1/16 in)
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
S1987.106

Lid

Sasanian period, 6th-7th century
Iran
Silver and gilt
H x W x D: 1.3 x 12.4 x 12.4 cm (1/2 x 4 7/8 x 4 7/8 in)
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
S1987.107

Plate

Sasanian period, 500-700
Iran
Silver gilt
H x W x D: 4.7 x 21 x 21 cm (1 7/8 x 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 in)
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
S1987.124

Plate

Sasanian period, 600-700
Iran
Silver and gilt
H x W x D: 3.7 x 20.5 x 20.5 cm (1 7/16 x 8 1/16 x 8 1/16 in)
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
S1987.125

Disk

Sasanian period, 7th century
Iran
Silver and gilt; hammered, chased, gilded
H x W: 37 x 42.7 cm (14 9/16 x 16 13/16 in)
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
S1987.139

Handle and chapes

Sasanian period, 7th century
Iran
Gold
H x W: 5 x 103.8 cm (1 15/16 x 40 7/8 in)
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
S1987.200a-i

Belt buckle and lappet fittings

Sasanian period, 7th century
Iran
Silver and gilt (buckle) and gold
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
S1987.201a-ii

Ewer

Buyid period, 966-977
Iran
Gold
H x Diam: 16 x 9.4 cm (6 5/16 x 3 11/16 in)
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
F1943.1

Ewer

Abbasid period, 9th-10th century
Iran
Brass
H x W: 16.5 x 43.7 cm (6 1/2 x 17 3/16 in)
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
F1945.13

Vase

Sasanian period, 6th-7th century
Iran
Vase; silver and gilt
H x Diam: 17.6 × 10 cm (6 15/16 × 3 15/16 in)
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
F1964.3

Plate

Sasanian period, 5th-7th century
Iran
Silver and gilt
H x Diam (overall): 4.5 × 22.1 cm (1 3/4 × 8 11/16 in)
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
F1964.10

Vase

Sasanian period, 6th-7th century
Iran
Silver and gilt; hammered, repousse, chased, gilded
H x Diam (overall): 18.2 × 11.1 cm (7 3/16 × 4 3/8 in)
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
F1965.20

Vase

Sasanian period, 6th-7th century
Iran
Silver and gilt; hammered, repousse, chased, gilded
H x Diam: 19.4 × 11.2 cm (7 5/8 × 4 7/16 in)
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
F1966.1

Spouted vessel with gazelle protome

Sasanian period, 4th century
Iran or Afghanistan
Silver and gilt
H x W x D: 15.5 x 25.4 x 14.1 cm (6 1/8 x 10 x 5 9/16 in)
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
S1987.33

Hemispherical bowl

Sasanian period or later, 7th-8th century
Iran
Silver and gilt
H x W x D: 5.7 x 14.3 x 14.3 cm (2 1/4 x 5 5/8 x 5 5/8 in)
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
S1987.105

Ewer decorated with female figures

Sasanian period, 6th-7th century
Iran
Silver and gilt
H x W x D (overall): 35.5 x 16.9 x 14 cm (14 x 6 5/8 x 5 1/2 in)
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
S1987.117

Ewer decorated with female figures

Sasanian period, 6th-7th century
Iran
Silver and gilt
H x W x D (overall): 32.5 x 15.2 x 12.3 cm (12 13/16 x 6 x 4 13/16 in)
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
S1987.118a-b

Ewer

Sasanian period, 500-800
Iran
Silver gilt
H x W x D (overall): 34.6 x 15.5 x 12.2 cm (13 5/8 x 6 1/8 x 4 13/16 in)
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
S1987.140

Bowl

Sasanian period, 4th-5th century
Iran
Silver, partially gilt
H x Diam (overall): 4.9 × 19.1 cm (1 15/16 × 7 1/2 in)
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
F1962.1

Torso of a royal figure

Sasanian period, 225-650
Iran
Gold and silver repousse
H x W x D (overall): 4 x 7.2 x 1.2 cm (1 9/16 x 2 13/16 x 1/2 in)
Gift of an anonymous donor
Freer Study Collection
FSC-M-80

Plate

Sasanian period, 600-800
Iran
Silver and gold
H x Diam (overall): 4.2 x 20.7 cm (1 5/8 x 8 1/8 in)
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
S1987.109

Bowl

Sasanian period, 500-700
Iran
Bronze
H x W x D: 5.4 x 13.1 x 13.1 cm (2 1/8 x 5 3/16 x 5 3/16 in)
Gift of Kathryn and Clarence Kubichek in memory of Gladys Scott
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
S1997.10

Jar

Sasanian period, ca. 225-650
Iran
Bronze
H x Diam: 20.3 x 10.2 cm (8 x 4 in)
Gift of Cynthia Helms
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
S2003.7