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A matter of timing: the modern history of a ‘Sasanian’ silver plate from Rashy

Corsi, Andrea Luigi (2023) A matter of timing: the modern history of a ‘Sasanian’ silver plate from Rashy. Journal of Art Historiography (28). ISSN 2042-4752

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Identification Number/DOI: https://doi.org/10.48352/uobxjah.00004269


After the recent publication of two previously unknown “Sasanian” silver plates depicting the renowned scene of the chariot of the Lunar God Mah, added to the other five known examples, this article reconsiders one specimen of this series of objects – here addressed as the “Rashy plate” –, the authenticity of which appears questionable. Three parameters are considered for discussing this plate: iconography, manufacturing technique and provenance, and all of them are contextualised in the period of the great exhibitions of Persian Art (between the 1930s and the 1960s). The outcome of these exhibitions, besides stimulating scholarly research on previously understudied artistic productions, was the consequent rising interest by museums and private collectors in art objects from the ancient Iranian world. The introduction of possible forgeries, such as the Rashy plate, coherently fits into this increasing demand of the art market.

Type of Work:Article
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies
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Date:June 2023
Keywords:Sasanian silverware, art forgery, art market, provenance
Subjects:N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
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