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Dress Ornament

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.
CULTURES Achaemenid; Persian
DATES 6th-5th century B.C.E.
PERIOD Achaemenid Period
DIMENSIONS 1 13/16 × 2 5/16 in. (4.6 × 5.8 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair Bradley Martin
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CAPTION Achaemenid. Dress Ornament, 6th-5th century B.C.E. Gold, 1 13/16 × 2 5/16 in. (4.6 × 5.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair Bradley Martin, 70.142.11. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 70.142.6-.11_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE group, 70.142.6-.11_PS2.jpg.
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Snarling lion in profile, looking to the left. Modeled in low repoussé in sheet gold. The stylized mane represented by openwork rays cut from the single sheet from which the entire piece is made. Condition: Excellent
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