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date: 23 July 2019

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Silver vessels represent one of the most important categories of Sasanian art that has survived from antiquity. This chapter presents a survey of the different types of extant vessels—bowls, cups, plates, rhyta, vases and ewers, and “wine-boats.” The iconography of these vessels is described and the evidence of manufacture and craft organization is discussed. Techniques such as hammering, gilding, and niello are described and the significance of this body of material for our knowledge of the Sasanian elite is treated.

Keywords: silver, Sasanians, silverware, niello, gilding

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