Bottle

Near Eastern, Iranian, Persian
Sasanian
A.D. 226–651


Dimensions

Overall: 17.2 x 10.2 cm (6 3/4 x 4 in.)

Accession Number

58.94

Medium or Technique

Silver

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

Asia, The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels

Silver bottle with mercury gilding, decorated with images of cocks and flowering plants. Cocks are here symbols alluding to monarchy and Zoroastrian notions of spiritual awakening. They are shown wearing the royal necklace and enveloped by the royal halo.

Provenance

1949, sold by Arthur Upham Pope to Edward Jackson Holmes; August 9, 1950: lent to the MFA by Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes; 1958: given to the MFA by Mrs. Holmes.
(Accession Date: February 13, 1958)

Credit Line

Edward Jackson Holmes Collection