London, South Kensington
26 April 2012
A WESTERN ASIATIC GOLD BRACELET TERMINAL
CIRCA 7TH-5TH CENTURY B.C.
Solid-cast in the form of a stylised ram's head, with ridged, underslung horns encircling bulging lidded eyes, mounted as a pendant
1¼ in. (3.2 cm.) long incl. mount
Private collection, London, late 1970s-early 1980s.
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For a bracelet with similar ram head terminals, from Ziwiyeh, see no. 148 in R. Ghirshman, The Arts of Ancient Iran: From its Origins to the Time of Alexander the Great, New York, 1964.
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