Sassanian Plate with Winged Horses

Illustration

Ibolya Horvath
by Metropolitan Museum of Art
published on 03 February 2020
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This gilded silver Sasanian plate features an unusual scene that borrows from Graeco-Roman prototypes and possibly Iranian ones as well. Two youths stand on platforms facing one another, each holding a staff and the reins of a winged horse, reminiscent of representations of the hero Bellerophon and Pegasus as well as of the Dioskouroi (the divine twins Castor and Pollux). Both horses bend their necks down to drink from a large vessel supported by a female figure, who appears in bust form emerging from a frieze of half-palmettes. She is most likely either a personification of water or the Iranian river goddess Anahita.

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Art, M. M. O. (2020, February 03). Sassanian Plate with Winged Horses. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/11837/

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