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.
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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair Bradley Martin
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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)
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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.
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