Exhibitions/ Art Object

Wall panel with a charging boar

Period:
Sasanian
Date:
ca. 6th century A.D.
Geography:
Mesopotamia, Ctesiphon
Culture:
Sasanian
Medium:
Stucco
Dimensions:
H. 11 5/8 x W. 15 in. (29.5 x 38.1 cm)
Classification:
Stucco-Reliefs
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1932
Accession Number:
32.150.22
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 405
Animal motifs are frequent in the mold-made stucco wall panels that decorated the palaces and houses of the Sasanian elite. This panel is from the east iwan (vaulted hall) of a large house at Umm ez-Za’tir, east of the Taq-i Kisra palace at Ctesiphon in Iraq. The scene features a boar charging through reeds. The choice of animal may refer to the marsh landscape of southern Mesopotamia, or could simply represent the game of an elite hunter. Allusions to the hunt, a pastime of rulers, courtiers, and dignitaries, were popular in the Sasanian iconographic repertoire in different media. Two identical panels with boars are in the Baghdad Museum and in Berlin in the Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. A comparable panel in the Metropolitan depicts a bear charging through trees within a rocky mountainous landscape (32.150.23).
1931–32, excavated by the Joint Expedition of the Staatliche Museen of Berlin and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; acquired by the Museum in 1932, ceded in the division of finds.

“Splendeur des Sassanides: L’Empire Perse Entre Rome et la Chine (224-642).” Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire, Brussels, February 12, 1993–April 25, 1993.

“Weihrauch und Seide: Alte Kulturen an der Seidenstraße.” Palais Harrach, Vienna, January 21, 1996–April 14, 1996.

“Les Perses Sassanides: Fastes D’Un Empire Oublié, 224-642,” Musée Cernuschi, Paris, September 15, 2006–December 30, 2006.

“Glass, Gilding, and Grand Design: Art of Sasanian Iran (224-642),” Asia Society, New York, February 14, 2007–May 20, 2007.

Harper, Prudence O. et al. 1983. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Selections from the Collection of the Ancient Near East Department, exh. cat. Tokyo: Chunichi Shimbun, no. 30.

Harper, Prudence O. 2006. “Plaque Avec Un Sanglier Courant.” In Les Perses Sassanides: Fastes D’un Empire Oublié, 224-642, exh. cat. edited by Franҫoise Demange. Paris: Paris Musées, no. 12, p. 58.
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