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


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The Ancient World



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.


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.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund