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Dish: King Hormizd II or Hormizd III Hunting Lions

Dish: King Hormizd II or Hormizd III Hunting Lions

400-600

Silver gilt

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

John L. Severance Fund 1962.150

Description

Lion hunting was a traditional royal sport in many Near Eastern cultures; in art it was sometimes symbolic of a historic conquest. Here, details of the king's and the horse's equipment are in the style of the 5th-century Hormizd III. The crown, however, resembles that of Hormizd II (AD 303-309), so this plate may be commemorative.

See also
Collection: 
Near Eastern Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Silver gilt

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