Figural finial with ibexes

Near Eastern, Iranian, Luristan
Iron Age
7th–4th century B.C.


Dimensions

Height x width: 8.4 x 9.6 cm (3 5/16 x 3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

30.568

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

This bronze cap or finial depicts a stylized arrangement of a horned figure flanked by two ibexes. The curved horns of the ibexes are emphacized by exaggeration. Their necks and forepaws emerge from a cylindrical cap component at botton, which is pierced laterally and has two thin modelled lines near base. The metal shows a green patina.

Provenance

From Luristan, 1930: purchased by the MFA through Mr. Upham Pope.*
(Accession date: August 7, 1930)

*Ninety-five objects, numbered 30.544-30.637 were purchased as a group for $15,000, plus a $2250 commission.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund