200 AD to 600 AD
7.5″ (19.1cm) wide
The Sassanian period is best represented by its metal work. A large number of metal vessels have been attributed to this period. They have a variety of forms and reveal a high standard of technical skill with decoration executed by hammering, beating, engraving or casting.
This is a silver-hammered Sassanian plate, with an interior medallion bearing the chased design of a zoomorphic animal, with a large pendant suspended on a chain from its neck.
The bowl is decorated in a derivative Sassanian style. It may be interpreted in one of two ways. Either it is a modern design or it is from a provincial workshop, possibly of the late post- Sassanian period. However, the surface corrosion of the plate appears to extend consistently across and into the incised lines of the design, arguing in favour of the bowl’s antiquity.Login to view price