Dec 1, 2009
Dec 1, 2009

Dish with King Hormizd II or Hormizd III Hunting Lions

Dish with King Hormizd II or Hormizd III Hunting Lions

AD 400–600

Silver gilt

Overall: 4.6 x 20.8 cm (1 13/16 x 8 3/16 in.)

Weight: 546 g (1.2 lbs.)

John L. Severance Fund 1962.150



Art of the Islamic World (Islamic art rotation)

Did you know?

Hormizd II's crown is distinct with its eagle form and topped with the traditional korymbos, a fine, bejeweled fabric that encases the top hair in a glob-like fashion.


Lion hunting was a traditional royal sport in ancient Near Eastern cultures and was frequently incorporated into artwork, such as Assyrian (about 912–612 BC) palace reliefs. Thematically, depictions of the hunt in royal artwork bridge the pre- and post-Islamic worlds. This dish features the Sasanian ruler Hormizd II (reigned from AD 303–9), identifiable by his distinctive crown. The style of the king’s and horse’s equipment suggest that this dish was made long after he died, perhaps as a commemorative work by a much later successor, Hormizd III (reigned from AD 457-59).

See also
Near Eastern Art
Type of artwork: 
Silver gilt

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