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Silver plate showing Shapur II
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Аbout ad 224 the were defeated by Ardashir, a descendant of Sasan who gave his name to the new Sasanian dynasty in Iran. One of the most energetic and able Sasanian rulers was Shapur 1 (AD 240-72). By the end of his reign, the empire stretched from the River Euphrates to the River Indus and included modern-day Armenia and Georgia.

This gilded silver dish is typical of the high-quality silverware produced during the Sasanian empire. Sophisticated techniques of relief decoration and partial gilding were used. The reliefs were created by cutting the figures from a thin sheet of silver, embossing them, and then soldering them to the surface of the dish. The king in this hunting scene wears the distinctive crown of Shapur II (reigned AD 309-79), who restored the Sasanian empire after a short period during which much territory was lost. The scene of kings hunting animals has a long history in the Middle East.

Silver plate showing Shapur II


Sasanian, 4th century AD
Ht 12.8 cm
Bequeathed by Sir A. W. Franks



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