Outstretched lion rod-holder

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


Dimensions

Length: 12.5 cm (4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

30.584

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

This bronze item is either a rod-holder or finial in the form of a stylized lion, outstretched with tail looped to form a small attachment ring. The metal shows a green patina with small spots of blue.

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