Plate with Trees and Ibex in Center

Most of the exterior is covered with green corrosion except for one section which has been cleaned. The head and body of the animal, made of two separately cast or hammered pieces, are now missing. Plate with a low ring foot, shallow fluted exterior, and plain rim. On the interior, originally added in relief, is a striding mouflon or ram in profile facing right, encircled by a grape and leaf scroll. A long fillet tied around the ram’s neck ends in fluttering streamers. Weight: 443 g.

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Historical period(s)
Sasanian period, 600-700
Medium
Silver gilt; hammered, chased, and gilded
Dimensions
H x W x D (overall): 5.2 x 21.7 x 22 cm (2 1/16 x 8 9/16 x 8 11/16 in)
Geography
Iran
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
S1987.115
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Metalwork, Vessel
Type

Plate

Keywords
ibex, Iran, Sasanian period (ca. 224 - 651), sheep
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

Most of the exterior is covered with green corrosion except for one section which has been cleaned. The head and body of the animal, made of two separately cast or hammered pieces, are now missing. Plate with a low ring foot, shallow fluted exterior, and plain rim. On the interior, originally added in relief, is a striding mouflon or ram in profile facing right, encircled by a grape and leaf scroll. A long fillet tied around the ram's neck ends in fluttering streamers. Weight: 443 g.

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. 19, pp. 136-8.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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