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MTW 455, back
MTW 455, back

Tall Ewer

MTW 455

Iran or western Asia

7th or early 8th century AD

MTW 455, back
MTW 455, front
MTW 455, side 1
MTW 455, side 2

Tall Ewer

MTW 455

Iran or western Asia

7th or early 8th century AD

silver, beaten and worked in relief, with linear engraving enhanced by niello and traces of gilding

38.5cm (height)

The central oval medallion depicts a two-headed eagle, flanked by oval medallions with advancing gryphons. The choice of monsters and workmanship are typical of Sasanian art on the frontiers of the Iranian world, perhaps ancient Tokharistan, the area south of the Oxus River, in the east. However, the heraldic poses of the eagle and gryphons may suggest a workshop to the west of Iran, in Syria or possibly even in Constantinople.

J.M. Rogers, The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection, London 2010, cat.15, p.40.