string(21) "edanmdm:fsg_S1987.105" Hemispherical bowl - National Museum of Asian Art

Hemispherical bowl

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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    7th-8th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Silver and gilt
  • Dimension

    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)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Small hemispherical bowl with plain rim, interior plain. The exterior is entirely decorated with figures carved in relief, with a gilded background surface. The decoration consists of five figured scenes each framed within arches formed by two rows of bead molding connected by decorated columns. A palmette rises above each column.
    In the primary scene, a male and female are seated on a couch, grasping a wreath. In the scene to the right a servant, his face covered, holding vessels, approaches the couple. In the third scene are two wrestlers; a third figure, perhaps an acrobat, is shown behind them. The fourth scene consists of two male figures playing a board game, probably backgammon. In the final scene are two musicians: a male figure plays the drum, and a female plays an arched harp. At the base of the bowl is a central roundel formed by bead molding, encircling the bust of a female figure who holds a flower.
    Weight: 481 g.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with the Gods, Heroes and Kings (September 7, 2018 to January 6, 2019)
    Feast Your Eyes: A Taste for Luxury in Ancient Iran (February 4, 2012 - ongoing)
    Le Perses Sassanides ou les Fastes d'un empire oublie (The Persian Sasanians, Luxury Goods from a Forgotten Empire)" (September 15, 2006 to May 20, 2007)
    Asian Games: The Art of Contest (February 26 to 15 May 2005)
    Luxury Arts of the Silk Route Empires (May 9, 1993 to January 28, 2007)
    Nomads and Nobility: Art from the Ancient Near East (September 28, 1987 to November 1, 1992)
    The Royal Hunter: Art of the Sasanian Empire (Winter 1978)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
  • Type

  • On View

    Sackler Gallery 21: Feast Your Eyes: A Taste for Luxury in Ancient Iran
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