Ann C. Gunter, Paul Jett. Ancient Iranian Metalwork in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art. 272 pages with 170 illustrations, 17 of them in color
Between 550 B.C. AND A.D. 650, Iran was home to three great empires that extended over wide regions of the Near Fast and Central Asia. Among the most celebrated of their arts are vessels and Ornaments made of gold, silver, and Bronze, fashioned in both royal and nonroval Workshops bv metalsmiths of unsurpassed skill. Offen decorated with intricate designs or elaborate figural scenes, these fascinating objects offer a rich source for understanding ancient Iranian art and iconography, technology, and cultural history. The permanent collections of ancient Iranian metalwork in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, form a significant group representing diverse shapes, types of decoration, and styles. For the first time these two complementary collections are catalogued and discussed together from both art-historical and technical perspectives. This fully illustrated volume - with 156 black-and-white illustrations, sixteen colorplates, and three maps - offers a comprehensive analysis of the two collections, together with essays describing the collections and their classification, shapes and decoration, and materials and methods of manufacture. Ancient Iranian Metallwork combines a meticulous scholarly investigation with an accessible format and style of presentation that serve the interests of student of antiquity, collectors, and museum visitors.