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GLASS, GILDING, & GRAND DESIGN: Art of Sasanian Iran
At the Asia Society
By Glenn Loney
The Asia Society
725 Park Ave. at 70th St.
Closing May 20, 2007
For the Record: None of the ancient & splendid artworks & objects now on view at the Asia Society is on loan from Iran/Persia!
Ewer decorated with two facing lions. Silver, partially mercury-gilt, repousse decoration.
H. 35 cm; Wt. 1,102 g. © Bibliothèque nationale de France
Actually, this once powerful empire encompassed Iran, Iraq, Armenia, Eastern Turkey, Afghanistan, and elements of Arabia, Syria, Pakistan, & Central Asia!
The Era of the Sasanian Dynasty was also the Golden Age of Zoroastrianism--although this seems to be making a Cultish Comeback among those who are tiring of Tibetan Mandalas.
Remarkably sophisticated works in glass, ceramics, metal, wood, stone, and even fabric are on view in this show. It is notable the realistic detail to be found in some of the sculptures & reliefs.
That one of the more interesting artifacts was found in Poland merely indicates that the Sasanian's development of trade-routes enabled them to send & sell their arts & crafts widely, both East & West!