Rod-holder

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


Dimensions

Height: 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

30.565

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

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.

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