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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Dish, with foot-rim. Made of gilded silver and decorated on the interior with relief decoration of a ruler in Sasanian costume reclining on a wheeled couch, surrounded by attendants, musicians and items essential for an outdoor banquet: a vine hung with ripe grapes, a water-bottle made from the skin of a whole animal, wine jugs in a cooler and a pot suspended over a fire.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 7thC-8thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 19.7 centimetres
    • Height: 4 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Script

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Translation

  • Curator's comments

    Bivar reads the inscription as Khorezmian and giving the weight of the bowl.Blurton, 1997:
    During the first century of Islam, vessels reflected earlier cultural traditions of the area in which they were made. Tabaristan was famous for silver vessels decorated in relief with scenes derived from the iconography of the Sasanian Empire. Hundreds of vessels were sent to the Caliphal court at Damascus and then to Baghdad where their beauty was celebrated in contemporary poetry.


  • Bibliography

    • Blurton 1997 172 bibliographic details
    • Ward 1993 fig.30 bibliographic details
    • Simpson 2003a p.369, fig. 9 bibliographic details
    • Curtis 2000b pl.22 bibliographic details
    • Harper P O 2000a pl.51 bibliographic details
    • Smirnov 1909 pl.52, no.86 bibliographic details
    • Ghirshman R 1952a pp. 67-68 bibliographic details
    • Dalton 1964a pp.66-67, pl. 39 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G34/dc3

  • Exhibition history


    1998 9 Feb-3 May, India, Mumbai, Sir Caswasjee Jahangir Hall, The Enduring Image
    1997 13 Oct-1998 5 Jan, India, New Delhi, National Museum, The Enduring Image

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 124096 (big number)
    • 1897-12-31,190 (original reg. number)
    • AF.211
    • OT 190 (first edition)
    • OT 211
Dish. Made of parcel-gilded silver, with foot rim.

Dish. Made of parcel-gilded silver, with foot rim.

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