Measurements: 20 cm – height, 6.9 cm - width


Description: A Luristan bronze finial of the so-called Master of Animals. It is a representation of a deity flanked by griffin-like creatures. The Master of Animals, a deity considered ancient even at the time this piece was made, probably had origins in Stone Age hunters’ cults. The figure has a cylindrical body, with two faces of the deity along its length. The deity has slender arms, grasping double-headed griffin-like creatures. The lowest part of the figure has an exaggerated, oval-shaped torso and stands on a pair of short, bowed legs. The area of Luristan, in western Iran, was home to a rich tradition of bronze working in the early part of the first millennium BC. This intricate finial was originally intended for a ceremonial staff.


Reference: Walters Art Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Further reading


Provenance: German private collection, 1970s.


Period: 8th – 7th cent. BC


Condition: Very fine, intact. Patination is present on the surface with some layering to the coarse bronze surface. Minor chipping and discoloration.

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