Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Avshalom Avital
Plate depicting a drinking party in the Sassanian-Persian Style
Iran or Iraq
7th-8th century
Silver, partially gilt
Diam: 24 cm
Gift of Marion Hammer, Jerusalem - Zurich
Accession number: 2002.110.77
The main figure, larger than the others, is a monarch seated on a throne. His posture – one leg crossed over the other – is typical of portrayals of oriental kings. The monarch wears the crown of a Sassanian king, and he is holding a cup of wine, another symbol of power.

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir