13 June 2000
A LURISTAN BRONZE SITULA
circa 10th-9th century b.c.
The vessel slightly waisted, with a short everted rim, the scene framed above and below by a band of guilloche and a band of tongue, a rosette on the base, knobbed at the center, the frieze on the body depicting a bearded nobleman seated upon a throne with a duck head terminal at the back, his right hand lifted, a tripod before him with hoofed legs, supporting a tray of offerings, a male and female attendant standing before him, the first fanning with a feather, the second perhaps playing a stringed instrument
5 in. (12.7 cm) high
Antiquities and Islamic Art, Sotheby's New York, 1 June 1995, lot 169
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For a similar situla see no. 34 in Mahboubian, Art of Ancient Iran, Copper and Bronze.
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