string(21) "edanmdm:fsg_S1987.107" Lid - National Museum of Asian Art
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On View
  • Period

    6th-7th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Silver and gilt
  • Dimension

    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)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    This hollow circular lid preserves one of the original rivets or pins for the four perforations spaced evenly around the lid circumference at slightly varying distances from the edge. The inner surface is plain, with much green corrosion. The exterior surface of this hollow roundel, including the sides, is entirely gilded; on the upper surface is carved decoration in low relief. A central medallion with rope-like border encircles a duck facing right. Above and below the medallion extend vines inhabited by birds; to the sides are two animals, a hunting dog and a jackal, eating bunches of grapes.
  • Collection

    Arthur M. Sackler Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Feast Your Eyes: A Taste for Luxury in Ancient Iran (February 4, 2012 - ongoing)
    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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