Vase-shaped finial

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


Height: 13.2 cm (5 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Tools and equipment, Animal-related

This object is a bronze, vase-shaped finial. A long, narrow neck joins a small, flat and round base to a drop-shaped vase component. Three decorative lines apply immediately below a direct rim. The object is pierced for attachment. The metal is a light reddish bronze with patches of light green patina. Some small areas of earthy encrustation are evident.


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