London, South Kensington
6 November 2002
AN URARTIAN BRONZE BELT
CIRCA LATE 8TH/EARLY 7TH CENTURY B.C.
Decorated in chased relief with terminal panel of an archer with quiver taking aim with bow and arrow, standing on a leaping bull and surrounded by ribbed and dotted borders with square frieze of palmettes, the belt's broad panel in three registers of a hunting scene with columns of rampant lions, bulls, ibexes pursued by sirens with bow and arrows, between columns of concentric circle rosettes or circle and palmette squares, all within a double ribbed border with dots between, the edges pierced for lining, a riveted attachment loop at one end, repaired
46 in. (117 cm.) long; 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.) high
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H. Born and U. Seidl, Schutzwaffen aus Assyrien und Urartu: Sammlung Axel Guttmann, IV, Mainz, 1995, pp. 100-102, 163, pls. 92-93, 129-130 (AG 427).
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