Iran, Sasanian / Rhyton:  The Buffalo-Slayer Goddess / c. 600-700Iran, Sasanian
Rhyton: The Buffalo-Slayer Goddess
c. 600-700

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Persian
Creator Dates/Places: Iran
Creator Active Place: Iran
Creator Name-CRT: Iran, Sasanian
Title: Rhyton: The Buffalo-Slayer Goddess
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 600
Creation End Date: 700
Creation Date: c. 600-700
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Metalwork
Materials and Techniques: silver
Dimensions: Overall: 19.1cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1964.96
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Style or Period: Sasanian
Context: Because the woman's widely set, heavy-lidded eyes suggest Indian facial types, she may well represent a Sasanian goddess who was associated with the cult of the Indian god Siva. Known in India as Durga, Siva's wife, and in Iran as Nana, she decapitateda demon who appeared in buffalo form.Both this and the horse rhyton were found crushed flat in tombs. Their reconstruction took many months to complete.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1964.96
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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