Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The Achaemenid rulers of ancient Persia favored images of lions with their mouths open in a snarl or roar. On these gold jewelry
elements, the lions are shown complete or as heads only, in both fairly realistic and highly decorative forms. The gold head of a bull, another dangerous animal, seems almost placid in comparison. The pin decorated with an ibex, or wild mountain goat, was used to fasten garments.
6th-5th century B.C.E.
Persian Achaemenid Period
11/16 × 15/16 in. (1.7 × 2.4 cm)
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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair Bradley Martin
Gold bracteate. A bull's head in profile. Modeled in repoussé. The neck is covered with round bosses raised from the base sheet. Three rings for attachment are fastened on the reverse.
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