Rod-holder

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


Dimensions

Length: 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

30.592

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Animal-related

This item is likely a bronze rod-holder or perhaps alternately a small pierced handle. It is shaped as a cylinder that terminates in a horned mask element dos à dos (i.e. back to back). Decorative banded elements appear at the bottom and just below the masks. There is a light green patina over most of the object’s surface.

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