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Detail from silver plate, partly gilded, of Hormizd II (302-309)

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Title: Detail from silver plate, partly gilded, of Hormizd II (302-309)
Author(s): Lukonin, Vladimir Grigorevich
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Sassanian;metalwork;silver;book scan
Description: The technique employed, notably in the 3rd and 4th centuries when the art (of silverware) was at its acme, was one of piecemeal assemblage. The elements of the decorative motifs were made separately then soldered to the object after gilding. Unknown to Greece and Rome, this technique was exclusively Iranian. Some in repousse, some cast in moulds, in some of the later works the decorations were merely engraved (Roman Ghirshman, Iran: Parthians and Sassanians, translated by Stuart Gilbert and James Emmons, London, Thames & Hudson, 1962, p. 204) -- Mild and upright ruler married to Kushan princess, whose reign was followed by internecine strife.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-4275


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