13 June 2000
A LURISTAN BRONZE PIN
circa 8th-7th century b.c.
The tapering square shaft with a goat-head finial, well-modelled with a broad snout, the mouth incised, with round lidded eyes, tapering ribbed horns above bent back ears, the jaw line rendered with an incised double band
6¼ in. (15.9 cm) long
Purchased by the owner in the 1970s
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