The Jack Daulton Collection
Antique & Ethnographic Art

vase with cervid motif,


Central Asia


vase decorated with cervid motifs (two deer) and stars

Central Asia, possibly Sassanian (pre-Islamic Persian)

age unknown

blue glass

the surface encrusted with white-and-rust-colored mineralization, presumably from underground burial in a wet environment

height: 19.5 cm

Although Sassanian political control did not reach beyond the Pamir Mountains in Central Asia, the cultural influence of the Sassanian Empire (AD 224-651) extended far into East Asia and, to the west, into the Mediterannean region.  Sassanian goods, including silver, glass, brocades, and other items, decorated with Sassanian motifs, were carried east and west, and traded, along the ancient Silk Road.  
view without illumination from behind:
Jack Daulton
The Daulton Collection
Los Altos Hills, California