11 June 2003
AN ELAMITE COPPER MACEHEAD
Circa Early 2nd Millennium B.C.
The upper register of the cylindrical shaft in high relief, ornamented with three columns of crouching lions pursuing boars, alternating with three single crouching lions, the details of each animal with incised chevrons, the lions with curling tails, the lower register plain but for raised bands framing a wavy line at each end
6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm) high
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For a similar example see no. 177 in Mahboubian, Art of Ancient Iran, Copper and Bronze.
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