Post #995 • April 25, 2007, 10:17 AM • 2 Comments
New York City—From Glass, Gilding, and Grand Design: Art of Sasanian Iran (224-642), a gilded silver dish depicting a crowned hero hunting boar. This is a ringer of a show up through May 20 at the Asia Society, with objects that hail from a culture which enjoyed the golden age of Zoroastrianism, offical trilingualism (Pahlavi, Greek, and Parthian), and productive explorations of medicine and literature. Individual works blend Oriental and Occidental traits with such equal measure that they could look European or Chinese depending on which way you squint at them.
Gallery notes mention a dish recently excavated from a Chinese tomb with a notably similar design to this one, which was recovered from
an east Iranian borderzone. The Chinese dish dates from a hundred years later, indicating some kind of epic or heroic story shared between the two empires.