Iranian / Standard top / 9th-8th century B.C.Iranian
Standard top
9th-8th century B.C.

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Persian
Creator Name-CRT: Iranian
Title: Standard top
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: -89
Creation End Date: -70
Creation Date: 9th-8th century B.C.
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: bronze
Dimensions: H. 6.5 in. (16.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1996.82.1
Credit Line: Gift of Laura White and Fred Randolph, 1996

In the early first millennium B.C., inhabitants of the mountainous region of western Iran known as Luristan manufactured an astonishing variety of bronze objects, including weapons, standards, jewelry, horse ornaments, and vessels, most of which have been recovered from cemeteries. The nature of the society and economy that produced these bronzes is not known with certainty but seems to have been predominantly nomadic.

This standard top would have been joined to a pole or other support. It is not certain how such a standard would have been used, but it may be significant that this type of object has been found only in graves. The object depicts a scene of long-standing significance in ancient Near Eastern art, that of the 'master of animals.' The man holds in each hand the throat of a demonic creature, while human and bird heads appear below.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1996.82.1
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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