02 septembre 2017

Sassanian Silver Gilt Plate with a Royal Hunt, 7th century C.E.

Sassanian Silver Gilt Plate with a Royal Hunt, 7th century C.E. Silver gilt, D. 20 cm. © Miho Museum This extraordinary example of silver craftsmanship depicts the theme of the Sasanian royal hunt in a distinctively decorative style, almost totally filling the circular field with pictorial elements. In this highly conservative genre, the central image is always that of a ruler engaged in hunting on foot or, more commonly, on horseback. Earlier royal hunting plates tend to be simple compositions featuring the king and one or more... [Lire la suite]

02 septembre 2017

Sassanian Silver Gilt Plate with a Royal Prince Holding a Mare, 4th-5th century B.C.E.

Sassanian Silver Gilt Plate with a Royal Prince Holding a Mare, 4th-5th century B.C.E. Silver gilt, D. 30 cm. © Miho Museum In the center of this large, imposing silver plate, there is a large figure of a man holding a mare, which nearly fills the plate. The crown on his head is ornamented with fluttering ribbons and a crescent. The man has wavy hair. The patterns on this plate are typical of Sasanian silver design, including the fluttering ribbons, the bead ornaments for the ear, the beard tied at the end, the rounded shoulder... [Lire la suite]
02 septembre 2017

Sassanian Silver Gilt Plate Depicting a King Wrestling a Leopard, 5th-6th century C.E.

Sassanian Silver Gilt Plate Depicting a King Wrestling a Leopard, 5th-6th century C.E. Silver gilt, D. 21 cm. © Miho Museum
02 septembre 2017

Sassanian Silver Gilt Plate Depicting a Royal Lion Hunt, 5th century C.E.

Sassanian Silver Gilt Plate Depicting a Royal Lion Hunt, 5th century C.E. Silver gilt, D. 23 cm. © Miho Museum
02 septembre 2017

A Sassanian Silver Plate with Herakles and the Erymenthian Boar, 5th-7th century C.E.

A Sassanian Silver Plate with Herakles and the Erymenthian Boar, 5th-7th century C.E. Silver partially gilt, Diam. 19.9 cm.; W. 500.53 grams. © The George Ortiz Collection, Geneva. Made from a disc of silver sheet hammered [1] into shape, leaving a thickened rim. The emplacement for the relief parts are outlined, grooved out, the background roughened. The relief elements are solid and prepared by hammering; once inserted the joins are annealed. The whole is touched up in the cold; the flowers punched in, the details of the feline's... [Lire la suite]
02 septembre 2017

A Pair of Sassanian Silver Lidded Vessels, 5th-7th century C.E.

A Pair of Sassanian Silver Lidded Vessels, 5th-7th century C.E. Silver gilt, Weight: a. 475.03 g (526.83 g with lid); b. 527.23 g. H: a. 16.46 cm (18.4 cm with lid); b. 16.7 cm (without modern lid). © The George Ortiz Collection, Geneva. The body roughly formed from a silver sheet cut into a disc and hammered into an approximate shape, excess silver cut off at the rim. For detailed analysis of the general technique see cat. no. 152. Repeatedly worked alternately repoussé from the inside and chased from the outside. The foot made... [Lire la suite]
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02 septembre 2017

Sassanian Elliptical Silver Gilt Bowl with a Vine Scroll, 6th-7th century B.C.E.

Sassanian Elliptical Silver Gilt Bowl with a Vine Scroll, 6th-7th century B.C.E. Silver gilt, W. 13.3 cm. © Miho Museum The elliptical bowl is one of two standard forms of drinking vessel. In Middle Persian the shape was known as a "boat vessel"--a term inscribed on one example of the type.1 while variations of the elliptical bowl form from the third millennium B.C. are known in the Near East, the Sasanian silver vessel, without a foot and with a somewhat crescentic profile, is a distinctive shape of the sixth and the seventh... [Lire la suite]
02 septembre 2017

Sassanian Silver Gilt Vase with Dancing Female Figures, 6th century C.E.

Sassanian Silver Gilt Vase with Dancing Female Figures, 6th century C.E. Silver gilt, H. 18.1 cm. © Miho Museum This slender, pear-shaped vase, with a vertical rim, narrow neck, beaded collar, and flat foot, is decorated with four nude dancing female figures, each of whom turns, in a three-quarter pose, toward one of the figures adjacent to her, thus forming two pairs of figures. The body of the vessel has been shaped into four contiguous oval surfaces that serve as frames for the females. Between these ovals at the top and... [Lire la suite]
02 septembre 2017

Sassanian Silver Gilt Ewer with a Foliate Design, 6th-7th century C.E

Sassanian Silver Gilt Ewer with a Foliate Design, 6th-7th century C.E. Silver gilt, H. 35.9 cm. © Miho Museum Most Sasanian silver ewers are decorated with figural designs rather than with overall plant motifs of the type that cover the body of this impressive late Sasanian work.1 Only on Islamic ewers and vases of the eighth and ninth centuries is such a uniform ornamental scheme commonly found. An Islamic bronze ewer from Dagestan in the Caucasus region--and now in The Hermitage, Saint Petersburg--is decorated with a stylized... [Lire la suite]
30 août 2017

New exhibition at San Antonio Museum of Art combines science and art

Head of Antinous as Dionysos, Roman, A.D. 130-138, Marble, h. 15 in. (38.1 cm), San Antonio Museum of Art, gift of Gilbert M. Denman, Jr. Photography by Peggy Tenison. SAN ANTONIO, TX.- On September 1, the San Antonio Museum of Art will present Antinous, the Emperor’s Beloved: Investigating a Roman Portrait, the first exhibition of its kind for the Museum, as it focuses on the close examination of a single work in the collection. This exhibition shares both scientific, behind-the-scenes research and the story of... [Lire la suite]