Peroz I or Kavad I Hunting Rams

Peroz I or Kavad I Hunting Rams

Date 5th-6th century CE

Movement Ancient Near EasternSasanian

Medium Silver, mercury gilding, niello inlay

Dimensions diameter 8.625″, height 1.875″

Provenance Southwest Persia

Housed at Metropolitan Museum, New York


Depicting royal hunting scenes in this manner had carried on faithfully since the Assyrian tradition began nearly a millennia before this piece was created. In this particular piece, the craftsman has pressed the metal through the back, then carefully gilded the front with a variety of precious metals. Metalworks from this time would go on to become the inspiration of many others in a vast swath of cultures to come.