Near Eastern, Iranian, Luristan
7th–4th century B.C.
Height: 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This bronze rod-holder depicts a stylized scene of opposing, long-necked lions, rendered in profile with snarling, monstrous facial features, teeth exposed, and curled tails. They flank a horned, heart-shaped head/mask, represented frontally, with hair curled at sides. The metal shows a green patina.
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.
Maria Antoinette Evans Fund