13 June 2000
A SASSANIAN ROCK CRYSTAL ELLIPTICAL BOWL
circa 4th-5th century a.d.
The exterior of the bowl cut with a figure of a dancing woman, wearing a tightly-fitted diaphanous costume which splays above her ankles, the ends of a shawl draped over her fore-arms, with U-shaped folds at her thighs, her torso frontal, wearing a beaded necklace, her hair bound in a cloth with fluttering ties to the left and right, an attribute in her raised right hand, standing on a short groundline, framed by an elliptical groove, the outer border a band of guilloche with stars interspersed
61/8 in. (15.6 cm) long
Dr. Elie Borowski
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Ghirshman, Parthes et Sassanides, fig. 242, 256, 258, 348.
Arts de l'ancien Iran, no. 250.
Arts de l'ancien Iran, Museé Borély, Marseilles, 1975.
Rock crystal vessels of this size from the period are exceedingly rare. For a rock crystal Sassanian bowl in a gold mount now in the Louvre see no. 29, p. 85 in Harper, The Royal Hunter, Art of the Sasanian Empire.
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