Northwestern Iran / Cup with frieze of gazelles / early 1st millennium B.C.Northwestern Iran
Cup with frieze of gazelles
early 1st millennium B.C.

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Persian
Creator Name-CRT: Northwestern Iran
Title: Cup with frieze of gazelles
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Creation Start Date: 0
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Creation Date: early 1st millennium B.C.
Creation Place: northwestern Iran
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Vessels
Materials and Techniques: gold
Dimensions: H. 2.6 in. (6.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 62.84
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1962

A number of vessels similar in form and technique to this one have been excavated in the rich burials at Marlik, a site southwest of the Caspian Sea in northern Iran; one is also known from Susa, in southwestern Iran.

On the body of the cup, four gazelles, framed horizontally by guilloche bands, walk in procession to the left. Their bodies are rendered in the repoussé technique and are detailed with finely chased lines to indicate hair and musculature. The projecting heads were made separately, as were the ears and horns, and were fastened invisibly in place by a colloid hard-soldering, a process much practiced in Iran involving glue and copper salt. The hooves and eyes are indented, probably to receive inlays.

AMICA ID: MMA_.62.84
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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