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Rhyton in the form of a Saiga antelope head

Period:
Sasanian
Date:
ca. 5th–6th century A.D.
Geography:
Poland, said to be from Choniakow, Volhynia
Culture:
Sasanian
Medium:
Silver-gilt
Dimensions:
11.1 x 7.09 in. (28.19 x 18.01 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Vessels
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1947
Accession Number:
47.100.82
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 405
1920s, collection of Mrs. H. Kurmanowicz, Zolkiew, Poland; 1926, purchased by Joseph Brummer from Dr. Kahanowicz; acquired by the Museum in 1947, purchased from the estate of Joseph Brummer, New York.

“International Exhibition of Persian Art.” Royal Academy of Arts, London, January 7, 1931–March 7, 1931.

"Les Arts de l'Iran, l'Ancienne Perse et Bagdad." Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, 1938.

“Exhibition of Six Thousand Years of Persian Art,” The American Institute of Iranian Art and Archaeology, New York, April 24–July 1, 1940.

"Sasanian Silver: Late Antique and Early Medieval Arts of Luxury From Iran." University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, August-September 1967.

“The Grand Gallery,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, October 19, 1974–January 5, 1975.

"Wealth of the Roman World. Gold and Silver AD 300-700." The British Museum, London, April 1, 1977–October 1, 1977.

“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.

Bienkowski, Pierre. 1929. "O Skarbie Srebrnym z Choniakowa na Wolyniu (Dépôt d'objets d'Argent de Choniakow en Volhynie)." Swiatowit (Annuaire du Musée Archéologique Erasme Majewski de la Société des Sciences et des Lettres de Varsovie) 13, pp. 148-181.

Pijoan, José. 1931. Summa Artis, Historia General del Arte, vol. II, Arte del Asia Occidental. Madrid: Espasa-Calpe, fig. 709.

Wilson, Arnold T. 1931. Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Persian Art. London: Royal Academy of Arts, p. 11, no. Z.

Illustrated London News. 1931. "Treasures of Persian Art at the Royal Academy." (January 10, 1931), p. 37.

Przeworski, S. 1931. "Bibliographie: [review of] O Skarbie Srebrnym z Choniakowa na Wolyniu by Pierre Bienkowski." Syria 12 (3), pp. 291-292, fig. 4.

Corbin, Henry et al. 1938. Les Arts de l'Iran, l'Ancienne Perse et Bagdad, exh. cat. Paris: Bibliothèque Nationale, p. 36, no. 25, pl. II.

Pope, Arthur U. 1938. A Survey of Persian Art. Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 355, pl. 109.

Ackerman, Phyllis. 1940. Guide to the Exhibition of Persian Art. New York: The Iranian Institute, p. 321, no. 33.

Ettinghausen, Richard. 1940. ""Six Thousand Years of Persian Art" the Exhibition of Iranian Art New York, 1940." Ars Islamica 7, pp. 114-115, fig. 13.

Tuchelt, K. 1962. Tiergefässe in Kopf- und Protomengestalt : Untersuchungen zur Formengeschichte tierförmiger Giessgefässe. Berlin: Gebr. Mann, p. 59, fig. 15.

Grabar, Oleg. 1967. "An Introduction to the Art of Sasanian Sillver." In Sasanian Silver: Late Antique and Early Medieval Arts of Luxury From Iran, exh. cat. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Museum of Art, p. 131, no. 48 (ill), p. 43, p. 71.

Forsyth, William H. 1974. "Acquisitions from the Brummer Gallery." In The Grand Gallery at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, exh. cat. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 3.

Kent, J.P.C. and K.S. Painter (ed.). 1977. Wealth of the Roman World. Gold and Silver AD 300-700, exh. cat. The Trustees of the British Museum, p. 152, no. 319.

Seipel, Wilfried. 1996. Weihrauch und Seide: Alte Kulturen an der Seidenstraße, exh. cat. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Milan, Vienna: Skira, p. 235, no. 82.

Harper, Prudence O. 2006. “Rhyton. Tête d’Antilope Saïga.” In Les Perses Sassanides: Fastes D’un Empire Oublié, 224-642, exh. cat. edited by Franҫoise Demange. Paris: Paris Musées, no. 59, pp. 119-120.

Harper, Prudence O. 2007. "Wine Vessel in the Form of a Saiga Antelope Head." In Glass, Gilding & Grand Design: Art of Sasanian Iran (224-642), exh. cat. edited by Franҫoise Demange. New York: The Asia Society, p. 43, no. 10.
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