Sasanian Gilt Silver Plate


Sasanian Gilt Silver Plate

A Sasanian shallow silver plate embossed. and parcel gilt with a scene of a royal figure enthroned within an architectural archway, wearing a crown with a sun and crescent and two long tassels. He holds a downward pointing sword; he is flanked by small ibexes and large attendants on each side, and a pair of winged horsed below. with a dotted inscription in Pahlavi writing within the foot reading: "[property of] Mahag Farr-Gor, thirty-five staters and three drachmae."

Ca. 6th - 7th century AD.
Diameter: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm).
Accompanied by a 1993 metal analysis from the University of Oxford Department of Materials confirming its age.

The Sasanian Empire was the last Iranian empire before the first Muslim conquests of the 7th and 8th centuries AD. Named after the House of Sasan, it endured for over four centuries, from 224 to 651 AD, making it the longest lasting Persian dynasty. The Sasanian Empire succeeded the Parthian Empire, and re-established the Iranians as a major power in late antiquity to the east of the Roman Empire and the later Byzantine Empire.

Formerly in a New York private collection.

Inv#: 8203

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