Bowl with Sasanian investiture scene including two riders on horses and also two human-headed winged quadrupeds - ROM2006_8505_1

ROM2006_8505_1

Bowl with Sasanian investiture scene including two riders on horses and also two human-headed winged quadrupeds

Medium:Ceramic (stonepaste, moulded), with copper-turquoise tin-opacified glaze
Geography: Iran
Date: 12th century AD
Period: Mediaeval Period
Dimensions:
12.7 x 17.8 cm
Object number: 951.1.2
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Helen Norton
On view
Gallery Location:Wirth Gallery of the Middle East
DescriptionThis vessel has two images depicted repeatedly around it. The two horsesmen are originally the Sasanian king and the Zoroastrian god Ahura Mazda, who gives the king the royal diadem, the source of power. Such scenes were known to the Muslim potter from rock reliefs in the Persian countryside. Although the potter did not know the full meaning of the scene, legends connected these images to his past. The other image is of a pair of human-headed winged lions. Again this image may be seen in art from earlier times, and the medieval potter may not have known the original meaning.
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