Plate

Near Eastern, Persian
Sasanian
A.D. 225–630


Dimensions

4.8 cm (1 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

57.587

Medium or Technique

Silver-gilt

Not On View

Collections

Asia, The Ancient World

Classifications

Unclassified

Curved sides. Thick, high foot. Inside carved in relief and gilded with designs showing the Moon-god, Mah, within a crescent moon, seated above the caonopy mounted on the chariot drawn by four zebus with two driers. Mah is enthroned like a Sassanian king with ceremonial axe, spear and cushions. The figure below is possibly Tishtrya, the first aspect of the constellation, as a young man. below Tishtrya is the tree of life.

Provenance

1957, sold by A. Khan Rahimi, New York to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 9, 1957)

Credit Line

Keith McLeod Fund