London, South Kensington
15 May 2002
THREE LURISTAN BRONZE FINIALS
8TH-7TH CENTURY B.C.
A janiform Master-of-Animals finial, the central column with stylized heads, ridged mouldings and protruding hips, the upper head with outstretched arms that grasp the necks of two flanking animals, cock heads emerge from the shoulder below, 7¾ in. (19.7 cm.) high; a finial with central human head grasped between the jaws of two heraldic felines, 5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) high; and an animal finial composed of two confronting rampant ibex, bearded with high arching horns, 5½ in. (14 cm.) high (3)
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