Sasanian Gilt Silver Plate with Horse
A Sasanian shallow silver plate incised and parcel gilt with an image of a cantering war horse with saddle and bridle, the reverse of the plate with ribs radiating from the center, with a dotted inscription in Pahlavi writing
Ca. 6th - 7th century AD.
The Sasanian Empire was the last Iranian empire before the first Muslim conquests of the 7th and 8th centuries AD. Named after the House of Sasan, it endured for over four centuries, from 224 to 651 AD, making it the longest lasting Persian dynasty. The Sasanian Empire succeeded the Parthian Empire, and re-established the Iranians as a major power in late antiquity to the east of the Roman Empire and the later Byzantine Empire.
Formerly in a New York private collection
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