Iran, Sasanian / Horse-Shaped Drinking Vessel / 200-325Iran, Sasanian
Horse-Shaped Drinking Vessel

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Persian
Creator Dates/Places: Iran
Creator Active Place: Iran
Creator Name-CRT: Iran, Sasanian
Title: Horse-Shaped Drinking Vessel
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 200
Creation End Date: 325
Creation Date: 200-325
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Metalwork
Materials and Techniques: silver, partially gilt
Dimensions: Overall: 21cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1964.41
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Style or Period: Sasanian
Context: The horse was a favorite artistic subject in ancient Iran, where horsebreeding flourished. This muscular Sasanian stallion was descended from the royal and sacred Nisean breed of the Achaemenian Persians.Although Sasanian horse-trappings were elaborate,they did not include stirrups for mounting. In this rendition, the steed lies still, as camels in the Near East do today, waiting for its rider to mount. The medallions on each shoulder contain busts, perhaps of rulers of different parts of the SasanianEmpire, holding their rings of authority.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1964.41
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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