Near Eastern, Iranian
10th–9th century B.C.
Overall: 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)
Bronze figurine of a stag from Northwestern Iran, Caspian coastal region. Groups of small bronze stags and bulls, pierced for suspension, have been found in tombs, where they appear to have been hung from men’s belts. Their exact meaning is unknown. They may have been related with notions of the afterlife.
By 1959: with Dariush Broumand, New York, New York; 12 November 1959: purchased by the MFA from Dariush Broumand.
(Accession date: November 12, 1959)
Seth K. Sweetser Fund