London, South Kensington
15 May 2002
A LARGE GROUP OF LURISTAN BRONZE FINIALS, PINS AND AXEHEADS
EARLY 1ST MILLENNIUM B.C.
Including a janiform Master-of-Animals finial, the central column with stylized bearded head and outstretched arms that grasp the necks of two flanking animals, cock heads emerge from the shoulder below, ridged mouldings, 7 in. (17.8 cm.) high; six similar finials with central human head emerging between the necks of two heraldic felines, 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm.) high max.; a heraldic animal finial composed of two confronting felines, 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.) high; three similar, composed of confronting ibex, two with further animals on their rumps, another on bell-shaped support, 7¾ in. (19.7 cm.) high max.; two bell-shaped finial supports with tall necks and flattened rims, both 7½ in. (19 cm.) high; two animal-headed pins, 8 1/8 in. (20.5 cm.) long max.; an axehead with blade emerging from the open jaws of an animal, the shaft hole with flaring tail at the rear, 5½ in. (14 cm.) long; and an iron staff with bronze triple-headed finial, each head bearded with incised details, 21¾ in. (55.2 cm.) long (22)
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