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Silver bottle with mercury gilding, decorated with images of cocks and flowering plants. Cocks are here symbols alluding to monarchy and Zoroastrian notions of spiritual awakening. They are shown wearing the royal necklace and enveloped by the royal halo.

Provenance

By 1950: Holmes collection. August 9, 1950: lent to the MFA by Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes; 1958: given to the MFA by Mrs. Holmes. (Accession Date: February 13, 1958)

Credit Line

Edward Jackson Holmes Collection

Near Eastern, Iranian, Persian, Sasanian, A.D. 226–651

Dimensions

Overall: 17.2 x 10.2 cm (6 3/4 x 4 in.)

Accession Number

58.94

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Vessels