Bowl with a male bust within a medallion

ca. A.D. early 4th century
Diam. 23.3-23.6
H. 7.2
Thickness at rim: 0.44-0.56
Weight 597 gm
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1955
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 405
Acquired by the Museum in 1955, purchased from Khalil Rabenou, New York.

“Sept Mille Ans d’Art en Iran,” Musée du Petit Palais, Paris, Villa Hügel, Essen, Kunsthaus Zürich, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, Palazzo Reale, Milan, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Denver Art Museum, William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas City, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1961–1966.

"Origin and Influence, Cultural Contacts: Egypt, the Ancient Near East, and the Classical World." The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, December 18, 1970–April 23, 1971.

Frye, Richard N. 1954, "A Parthian Silver Bowl." Artibus Asiae 17, pp. 143-144 [Incorrectly identified as Parthian].

Dimand, Maurice S. 1957. "A Group of Sasanian Silver Bowls." In Aus der Welt der Islamischen Kunst (Festschrift für Ernst Kühnel). Berlin: Gebr. Mann., pp. 11-14, fig. 3.

Dimand, Maurice S. 1958. Handbook of Muhammadan Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 351, fig. 214.

Ghirshman, Roman. 1962. Sept Mille Ans d'Art en Iran, exh. cat. Paris: Musée du Petit Palais, p. 137, no. 792.

Harper, Prudence Oliver. 1974. "Sasanian Medallion Bowls with Human Busts." In Near Eastern Numistmatics, Iconography, Epigraphy and History: Studies in Honor of George C. Miles, edited by Dickran K. Kouymijan. Beirut: American University of Beirut, pp. 66-67, 74-76, 80.

Harper, Prudence Oliver. 1978. The Royal Hunter: Art of the Sasanian Empire, exh. cat. New York: The Asia Society, p. 32.

Harper, Prudence Oliver and Pieter Meyers. 1981. Silver Vessels of the Sasanian Period, Vol. I. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 207, pl. 6.