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Dish Shapur II Hunting Lions

4th century

Silver, gilding Diam 29.9 cm

This marvellous dish, in the creation of which various techniques were employed casting, chasing, is an outstanding example of early Sassanian silverware. This is not just a vessel, but a work of official art. An accurate depiction of all details, including costume and accessories, which is common in Sassanian dishes and bowls, has enabled scholars to identify many of the persons depicted on them, for they wear crowns similar to those seen on coins of the Sassanid rulers. Thus the hunter in this dish has been identified as King Shapur II.


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