London, South Kensington
25 April 2001
A SASSANIAN PARCEL-GILT SILVER DECORATED BOAT-SHAPED DISH
CIRCA 6TH CENTURY A.D.
Of elongated lobed form, the underside decorated in relief with figures of a cavorting nude dancing girl at each end wearing necklace, bracelets and anklets, with a flowing veil behind, the lobed sides with a pair of confronting birds between a plant, one pair holding a ring between their beaks, the other pair a sprig of two cherries, scrolling vines below and leaping foxes in the corners
13¼ in. (33.7 cm.) long
Sold Christie's London, 16 July 1975, lot 40.
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Exhibition of Eastern Art, celebrating the opening of the Gallery of Eastern Antiquities, Tokyo National Museum, 1968.
Catalogue: Exhibition of Eastern Art, Tokyo, 1968, p. 34, 81-82.
Cf. Sassanian Silver, University of Michigan Museum of Art, 1967, p. 107, no. 20; and Hofkunst van de Sassanieden, Brussels, 1993, p. 233, no. 84 for the form.
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