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Silver bowl

 

Height: 8.500 cm
Diameter: 16.900 cm

ME 133033

Middle East

    Silver bowl

    Sasanian, 5th-7th century AD

    Persian long-tailed bird

    This fluted silver bowl is typical of the highly skilled Sasanian silversmiths. It is decorated with a long-tailed bird in the centre. The foot of the dish was made separately and a Pahlavi inscription is punched inside.

    The Sasanian dynasty originated in the province of Fars in Iran around AD 224. The major rival of Rome, and later of Byzantium, the Sasanian kingdom also had contacts towards the east.

    The Sasanian Empire fell in AD 642 to the attacks of the Muslim Arabs. The artists and craftsmen, however, put themselves at the disposal of the new rulers and the needs of the new religion, and it was through them that the traditional Persian ornament came to have a profound influence on Islamic art.

    J.P.C. Kent and K.S. Painter (eds.), Wealth of the Roman world, AD (London, The British Museum Press, 1977)

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