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Bronze chariot finial

Made in Iran, c900BC.

Cast chariot finial, standard finial of “master of animals” type. Front and back are almost identical, and the profile shows little depth. The central anthropomorphic tube is hollow for the insertion of a pin to support the object. At the top, is a figure consisting of a head with a narrow trunk and spindly arms. This figure is grasping two flanking figures with leonine jaws and cockscombs, the necks of these two creatures, provided with another bird like head, rejoin the shaft lower down where ...

Summary

Object No.

A4189

Object Statement

Finial, Luristan, bronze, maker unknown, Lorestan Province, Iran, c. 900 BCE

Physical Description

Cast chariot finial, standard finial of "master of animals" type. Front and back are almost identical, and the profile shows little depth. The central anthropomorphic tube is hollow for the insertion of a pin to support the object. At the top, is a figure consisting of a head with a narrow trunk and spindly arms. This figure is grasping two flanking figures with leonine jaws and cockscombs, the necks of these two creatures, provided with another bird like head, rejoin the shaft lower down where there is another anthropomorphic head, below this are animal haunches.

Dimensions

Height

200 mm

Width

69 mm

Depth

20 mm

Production

Made

Iran c900BC

Designed

Iran

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1949

Acquisition Date

6 January 1949

Cite this Object

Harvard

Bronze chariot finial 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 September 2019, <https://ma.as/180191>

Wikipedia

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