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Wine Carafe with depiction of female dancers

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Sassanid-dynasty, 6th/7th century A. D.Iransilver, partially giltH 16,3 cm

For banquets, Sassanid rulers ate and drank from wares made of silver. The use of such items bears witness to the luxurious life of the upper classes at that time. This wine carafe is typical example of a Sassanid Metal artefact. It is decorate with four unclad female dancers, partridges and a peacock. A tendril of vine creeps along the neck of the carafe and specifies the function of this precious vessel.