Daryoush Akbarzadeh, Touraj Daryaee, and Judith A. Lerner, Two Recently Discovered Inscribed Sasanian Silver Bowls

Sasanian silver bowl with crane and inscription. Quri Qal’eh cave, western Iran.

Part of a hoard of eight decorated silver vessels discovered in western Iran, these two elliptical bowls each bear an image of a bird (one a crane, the other a guinea fowl) and a Middle Persian inscription. Based on their respective artistic and calligraphic styles, the bowls should be considered as local works, commissioned by members of the lower aristocracy or bureaucracy of the late Sasanian state or by those aristocratic households that maintained Sasanian traditions into Islamic times.

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