Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Figure of an elephant

ca. 6th–7th century A.D.
Iran or Mesopotamia
Dolomite (Ferroan-Dolomite)
H. 7.3 cm
Credit Line:
Gift of Alastair Bradley Martin, 1948
Accession Number:
Not on view
By 1931, collection of Ernst Herzfeld who purchased it in Baghdad; 1944, purchased by Joseph Brummer from Ernst Herzfeld, Princeton, NJ; 1948, purchased by Alastair Bradley Martin from Joseph Brummer; acquired by the Museum in 1948, gift of Alastair Bradley Martin, The Guennol Collection, Glen Head, NY.

“Art of the Ancient Near East.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, March 4, 1949–September 5, 1949.

“Chess: East and West, Past and Present.” The Brooklyn Museum, New York, April 1, 1968–October 1, 1968.

“The Royal Hunter: Art of the Sasanian Empire,” Asia House Gallery, New York, The Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1978.

“Chess and Art.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, April 10, 1990–May 26, 1991.

“Asian Games: The Art of Contest.” Asia Society, New York, Freer-Sackler Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Middlebury College Museum of Art, Vermont, October 24, 2004–December 4, 2005.

Herzfeld, Ernst. 1931. "Ein Sasnidischer Elefant." Archäologische Mitteilungen aus Iran 3, p. 27.

Sarre, Friedrich. 1939. "Sasanian Stone Sculpture" In Survey of Persian Art from Prehistoric Times to the Present Vol. IV, edited by Arthur Upham Pope. London: Oxford University Press, p. 600, pl. 169b.

Erdmann, Kurt. 1943. Die Kunst Irans zur Zeit der Sasaniden. Berlin: Kupferberg, fig. 88.

Dimand, Maurice S. 1949. "Recent Additions to the Near East Collections." The Metropolitan Museum of Art 7, p. 139.

McNab, Jessie. 1968. Chess: East and West, Past and Present, exh. cat. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 1.

Harper, Prudence Oliver. 1978. The Royal Hunter: Art of the Sasanian Empire, exh. cat. New York: Asia House Gallery, no. 89, p. 172.

McFadden, Robert D. 1990. Metropolitan Section, The New York Times, June 4, 1990, p. B1-B4.

Mackenzie, Colin and Irving Finkel. 2004. Asian Games: The Art of Contest, exh. cat. New York: The Asia Society, p. 140, fig. 12:4.
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