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A Near Eastern bronze heraldic animal standard, Luristan: 9th-7th Century BC
Reference No: MB904
A Near Eastern bronze heraldic animal standard, Luristan: 9th-7th Century BC
Price : $ 3,500
EUR 3,279.15 GBP 2,821.70 AUD 5,422.20
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with two ibex standing on hind legs, in heraldic composition on either side of a pole, facing each other, with the lower part of the body touching, and the long necks forming a decorative design.  A cylinder made of a scrolled metal sheet, inserted into the center combines the two elements. The standard was probably a ritual or ceremonial object, the base fitting onto the top of a wand.

Cf. Muscarella, O. W., Bronze and Iron: Ancient Near Eastren Artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1988.

Ghirshman, R., Persia: from the Origins to Alexander the Great, Thames and Hudson, 1964.

Condition:   Intact and in very good condition overall.  Custom mounted on clear acrylic base.

Dimensions:  Height:  6 1/4 inches (15.9 cm)

Provenance:   Private Texas collection acquired from the NY trade in the early 1970's.