Ancient Sculpture and Works of Art

Ancient Sculpture and Works of Art

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A Sassanian Glass Dish, circa 5th Century A.D.

Lot Closed

July 5, 03:03 PM GMT


20,000 - 30,000 GBP

Lot Details


A Sassanian Glass Dish

circa 5th Century A.D. 

of shallow rounded form, the exterior decorated overall in a honeycomb pattern with five rings of wheel-cut facets, a larger facet at the base acting as a foot.

Diameter 20.8 cm.

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acquired by the present owner on the Tehran art market on September 19th, 1980

For a related example see Christie’s, London, December 5th, 2018, no. 75.

Faceted glass vessels are characteristic of late Sassanian glass production. They appear to have been coveted luxury objects that were traded along the Silk Road. One example, a bowl, made its way to the tumulus of Japanese emperor Ankan (r. 531-535 A.D.), while others have been found in Turkestan, China and the Korean peninsula (E.M. Stern, Roman, Byzantine and Early Medieval Glass, 10 BCE-700 CE, The Ernesto Wolf Collection, New York, 2001, p. 338).