Ancient Near Eastern Bronze Quiver Fitting

£ 1,850.00

An exceptionally rare object, a Near Eastern bronze rectangular sheet, which served as a fitting for a quiver, possibly from the Luristan and Urartu culture. The quiver fitting is tapering toward the end and is decorated in seven square registers in repoussé technique, divided by bands of rosettes. The registers are decorated with plain repoussé square pattern, alternating with lions prancing to the left. The quiver fitting features attachment holes along all four sides, for stitching to the leather container that was not preserved.

Date: Circa 1st Millennium BC
Provenance: Ex. Axel Guttmann collection, acquired in 1987 in Frankfurt, from there ex. Hermann Historica Munich auction, 2009.
Condition: Fine, red-brown and green patina all over the surface, the item has jagged edges and large fragments missing, especially along the rim, minor holes on the surface and indentations due to impacts over age. The item is mounted on a custom acrylic stand for protection.


Bows, arrows, and quivers were the basic archery tools for either traditional hunting or military archers across many ancient civilisations. Depending on a number of factors such as the type of archery, shooting techniques, and cultural traditions, several different other accessories might have also been used. A quiver would have served as a carrier for the arrows of an archer. Archery is one of the oldest disciplines in warfare, present throughout many cultures around the world.

To discover more about Mesopotamian cultures, please visit our relevant post: Civilisations of the Ancient Near East.

Dimensions L 65 x W 14 cm



Near East (Western Asiatic)

Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, accession number 41.156.

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