Sasanian, Iran, 4th-5th Century
Silver, cast, raised, repoussé, chased, and gilted, Overall: 18.5 x 11.5 cm (7 5/16 x 4 1/2 in.). Gift of Katharine Holden Thayer 1962.294
These dancers may be sacred images of the Zoroastrian religion of the Sasanians or they may be bacchantes, followers of a cult of the Roman wine god, Bacchus, who was popular in the Near East.
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