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Oval Bowl with Enthronement Scene

Iranian7th century (Sassanian-early Islamic)

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

The enthroned king in the center of this hammered and carved bowl is flanked on the right by an attendant waving a fly whisk and on the left by a noble or princely figure holding a beaded diadem. The ends of the bowl are adorned with dancing girls, whose long scarves fly backward toward the central scene. Although associated with silver vessels made in Iran during the Sassanian dynasty (AD 224-651), the vessel's shape and decoration suggest that this object dates from the early Islamic era.

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  • Title: Oval Bowl with Enthronement Scene
  • Date Created: 7th century (Sassanian-early Islamic)
  • Physical Dimensions: w26.2 x h8 x d9.5 cm
  • Type: bowls
  • Rights: Acquired by Henry Walters, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
  • External Link: The Walters Art Museum
  • Medium: hammered and carved silver
  • Provenance: Fernardet Frères, Baghdad (?) [Khayat as agent]; Joseph Brummer, Paris [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1924, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
  • Place of Origin: Iran
  • Artist: Iranian


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