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.
By 1930, acquired in Iran, probably by Ayoub Rabenou, Paris; 1930, sold by Rabenou, through Arthur Upham Pope (b. 1881 - d. 1969), Paris, to the MFA [see note]. (Accession Date: August 7, 1930)
NOTE: MFA accession nos. 30.544-30.637 were purchased from Arthur Upham Pope for $15,000, plus a $2250 commission. According to Pope, the majority of the group belonged to Rabenou.
Maria Antoinette Evans Fund