Plate, spherical, footless; silver gilt with spread eagle design in low, chased releif; framing wreath; double walls

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Historical period(s)
Silver with gilt bronze
H x Diam (overall): 4.4 x 28.2 cm (1 3/4 x 11 1/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Metalwork, Vessel


eagle, forgery, Iran, Modern period (1912 - present)

To 1958
Elie Borowski, Toronto, Canada. [1]

From 1958
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Elie Borowski, Toronto, Canada. [2]


[1] Freer Gallery of Art Purchase List after 1920, Collections Management Office.

[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Elie Borowski


Plate, spherical, footless; silver gilt with spread eagle design in low, chased releif; framing wreath; double walls

Published References
  • Assadullah Souren Melikian-Chirvani. Studies in Iranian Metalwork: A Sassanian Eagle in the Round. pp. 2-9, pl. II.
  • Robert Cohon. Discovery and Deceit: Archaeology and the Forger's Craft. Exh. cat. Kansas City, Missouri. p. 13.
  • Ann C. Gunter, Paul Jett. Ancient Iranian Metalwork in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington and Mainz, Germany, 1992. cat. 45, pp. 230-232.
  • The Memorial Volume of the 5th International Congress of Iranian Art and Archaeology: Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, 11th-18th April 1968. 2 vols., Teheran. cat. 37, p. 346.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
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