Seller: sabi-shaylan (774) 100%, Location: Tel-Aviv, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 291950297248 800x600 800x600 Description: Up for auction is a rare and beautiful Sassanian Silver alloy vase. Persia, Circa 3th-6th Centuries A.D. Height: 5.9in. (15cm) Beautiful black and green Patina. This item was bought at the Archaeological Center (The most important auction house in Israel for Archaeological items), Auction number 49 part 2 lot number 365 – Please see the images According to the fact that this vase is around 1,500 years old it's in a good condition. There is a very small crack next to the neck of the vase. Otherwise it is in a very good condition. Please see the image. Please look at the images I added as a Reference from Christie's sale. Identical vase with small footed bowl were sold for 5,644$ I have listed another Sassanian Silver alloy bowl (item number: 290655803330) Refernce from Christie's auction house: http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=5060656&sid=6b6bf027-e6ab-492c-a84b-2ee6a7b6608a The Sasanian Empire: The Sasanian Empire is the name used for the fourth Iranian dynasty and the second Persian Empire (224 - 651 A.D). The Sasanian dynasty was founded by Ardashir I after defeating the last Arsacid king of kings, Artabanus IV and ended when the last Sasanian the King of Kings (Shahanshah), Yazdegerd III (632–651), lost a 14-year struggle to drive out the Arab invaders from his Empire. The empire's territory encompassed all of today's mainland Iran, Iraq, Armenia, Arran (also known as the republic of Azerbaijan), Georgia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan Tajikistan, Afghanistan, UAE, Oman, Yemen, Bahrain, Kuwait, we well as eastern parts of Turkey, and parts of Syria and Pakistan. During Khosrow II, Parviz' (r. 590–628) Egypt, Jordan, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon were also annexed to the Empire. The Sasanians called their empire Erānshahr (Iranshæhr) "Dominion of the Iranians (Aryans)." The Sasanian dynastic era, encompassing the length of the Late Antiquity period, is considered to be one of the most important and influential historical periods in Iran. In many ways the Sasanian period witnessed the highest achievement of Iranian civilization, and constituted the last great Iranian Empire before the Muslim conquest and adoption of Islam. Sasanian Iran influenced Roman civilization considerably; their cultural influence extending far beyond the empire's territorial borders, reaching as far as Western Europe, Africa, China and India and also playing a prominent role in the formation of both European and Asiatic medieval art. This influence carried forward to the early Islamic world. The dynastic empire's unique and aristocratic culture transformed the Islamic conquest of Iran into a Renaissance. Much of what later became known as Islamic art, architecture, culture, writing and other skills, were taken mainly from the Iranians into the broader Muslim world. Payment I accept PayPal and Bank wire transfer. Please do not complete checkout or pay with PayPal until I send you an invoice. Payment should be received within three working days from Purchase. Shipping Information Buyer to pay US$43.00 for worldwide shipping and handling Item will be shipped from Israel via Express mail Service (EMS) Which usually takes 4-7 business days to arrive from shipping date. Please Note: I do not ship to the Italy, Czech Republic, Poland or the Slovak Republic. I also do not ship to Asian countries except for Japan. Auction is only for bidders with more than 10 feedbacks and at least 95% positive. IF YOU HAVE LESS THAN 10 FEEDBACKS PLEASE CONTACT ME BEFORE YOU BID Any questions please email me and I will be glad to help. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE HE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Condition: According to the fact that this vase is around 1,500 years old it's in a good condition. There is a very small crack next to the neck of the vase. Otherwise it is in a very good condition.