A Sassanian parcel gilt silver dish
Lot 177
A Sasanian parcel gilt silver dish
£120,000 - 150,000
US$ 190,000 - 240,000

Lot Details
A Sasanian parcel gilt silver dish
Circa 7th-8th Century A.D.
Of shallow rounded form with sloping sides, set on a low ring base, the interior worked in shallow relief to show a figure standing within a crescent, set above a wheeled covered platform, an archer standing beneath the arched canopy, a pair of winged zebu's harnessed to the platform pulling it in opposite directions, one zebu from each pair looking backwards, a winged cherub on either side of the crescent, 9¼in (23.6cm) diam

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Surena Collection, London, late 1970s-early 1980s.

    Literature:
    It has been suggested that this plate may originate from eastern Iran, outside Sasanian Iran due to the unusual stylistic nature of the decoration.

    Similar iconography can be seen on a plate in the Hermitage, inv. S-43, found in Russia in the early 20th Century. Cf. B. Overlaet (ed.), Hofkunst van de Sassanieden, Exhibition Catalogue, Brussels, 1993, no. 66, pp. 212-3. The figure in the crescent is thought to depict Makh, the god of the moon, whilst the archer standing on the platform/wagon is thought to represent the sun. Other interpretations have suggested that it depicts the throne of Khosrow II.
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