11 June 2003
AN URARTIAN BRONZE BELT
Circa 740-640 B.C.
Decorated in three identical registers with lions, bulls, horses and sirens, some of which serve as archers, some facing left, some facing right, the figures alternating with clusters of small circlets and palmettes, the belt terminal with a warrior standing on the back of a bull, his bow drawn, with a beaded border within double-lines, a ring riveted to the end of the terminal, one terminal missing, the edges perforated for attachment to a leather lining
48¾ in. (124.8 cm) long
European Private Collection, acquired in the 1980s
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For a similar example see no. 4, pp. 146-147 in Merhav, ed., Urartu, A Metalworking Center in the First Millennium B.C.E.
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