Belt with repousée design

Near Eastern, Anatolian, Urartian
Iron Age
10th–9th century B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Asia Minor, Lake Van region

Dimensions

Length x width: 10.5 x 97 cm (4 1/8 x 38 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

1972.398

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Armor

Bronze belt with repousse decoration. Originally sewn onto leather, it would have formed part of the armor of an Urartian warrior. The decoration consists of fifty-nine figures. Seven are figures of deities, who stand on the backs of animals and draw bows, while the rest are prancing real and fantastic animals arranged in columns. Separating every 5 or 6 columns is a vertical “sacred tree” motif. The deities are beardless and wear short-sleeved, fringed tunics, fringed skirts, and low cylindrical crowns with topknots.

Provenance

1972, sold by Mohammad Yeganeh, Frankfurt, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 7, 1972)

Credit Line

Egyptian Curator's Fund