Handle from a vessel in the form of a jumping feline above an ibex head (fragment)

Historical period(s)
Parthian period, 1st century BCE-1st century CE
H x W x D: 21.6 x 9 x 9 cm (8 1/2 x 3 9/16 x 3 9/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel

Vessel handle (fragment)

casting, ibex, Iran, Parthian period (247 BCE - 224 CE)

To 1909
Maurice Nahman (1868-1948), Cairo, Egypt, to 1909 [1]

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Maurice Nahman in 1909 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Bronze List, S.I. 81, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919
Maurice Nahman (C.L. Freer source) 1868 - 1948

Published References
  • Ann C. Gunter Paul Jett. Ancient Iranian Metalwork in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and Mainz, Germany, 1992. cat. 9, pp. 90-91.
  • Mehdi Bahrami. Courrier d'art de Teheran: Encensoir de bronze de l'epoque parthe. vol. 11, no. 4 Washington and Zurich. pp. 288-292.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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