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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Urartu
Creator Name-CRT: Urartian
Title: Medallion with a seated deity and a male worshipper
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 0
Creation End Date: 0
Creation Date: 8th?7th century B.C.
Creation Place: eastern Anatolia
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Silver, gold foil
Dimensions: D. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm)
The kings of Urartu ruled what is now eastern Turkey, Armenia, and northwestern Iran from their capital at Tushpa (modern Van, Turkey) during the early first millennium B.C. Urartian fortresses, strategically placed on high rock outcrops, dominated the landscape of their territories and protected the kingdom from their rivals, the Assyrians. Despite confrontations with the Assyrians, the Urartians also borrowed many images and iconographic elements from Assyrian art and made them their own.
This silver medallion, partially covered with gold foil, shows a deity seated on a throne supported by lions facing a male worshipper whose arms are raised in supplication or respect. Both the deity with horned headdress on a throne supported by animals and the worshipper figure are common Assyrian motifs; the long fringed garments are widespread in the ancient Near East. Here, the scene is set on a ground line of paired zigzag lines between pairs of parallel horizontal lines, a decorative pattern characteristic of Urartian medallions. Such medallions in silver, gold, and bronze are thought to be insignias of rank and authority and have been found at sites in both Armenia and Turkey.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1989.281.20
Credit Line: Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art . All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1989.281.20
AMICA Library Year: 2002
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