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Ancient Near Eastern Art

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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 »

Please note: The Freer Gallery of Art will be closed to the public from January 2016 until summer 2017. The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Library, and Archives will remain open for the duration of the renovation. Learn more »