A Near Eastern Heraldic Animal Standard, Luristan: 9th-7th Century BC

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. and 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, a lovely example.

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

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



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