Sasanian king carved in ivory, Egypt, c.619-639 CE.


A larger image of this Sasanian king carved in ivory, Egypt, c.619-639 CE. The Walters Art Museum 71.62


Seated King
A Sasanian king sits with his knees spread between two columns beneath a reversed arch. He holds a sword with both hands and stylized plant forms emerge at his feet. Some scholars suggest that the iconography of this image may have been transmitted through the influence of Persian textiles that entered Egpyt through trade and conquerors. The carving was most likely rendered by an Egyptian carver during the Sasanian occupation of Egypt, from 619-639 CE.

Creator: Egyptian (Artist)
Period: 7th century
Medium: ivory
Accession number: 71.62
measurements: H: 6 15/16 x W: 3 7/8 in. (17.6 x 9.8 cm)
Geography: Egypt, Sohag (Place of Discovery)
Provenance: Dikran Kelekian, Constantinople and Paris [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date of acquisition unknown], by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Source: Walters Art Museum 71.62



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