Detail View: The AMICA Library: Part of a throne with deity on a bull

AMICA ID: 
MMA_.50.163
AMICA Library Year: 
2000
Object Type: 
Sculpture
Creator Nationality: 
Asian; Anatolian
Creator Name-CRT: 
eastern Anatolia
Title: 
Part of a throne with deity on a bull
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
late 8th-7th century B.C.
Creation Start Date: 
-733
Creation End Date: 
-600
Materials and Techniques: 
Bronze
Creation Place: 
eastern Anatolia
Dimensions: 
H. 5.8 in. (14.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 
50.163
Credit Line: 
Dodge Fund, 1950
Rights: 
Context: 

Urartu was a powerful kingdom that rivaled the Assyrian Empire in the first millennium B.C. It extended from northeastern Turkey into northwestern Iran. Its settlements were palace-fortresses that protected agricultural production and supported many crafts, especially an extensive metalworking industry. In the late seventh century B.C., Urartian centers were destroyed by an enemy whose identity remains unknown.

This object, with the lower part of a figure standing along the flanks of a bull, was most likely part of a throne. From better-preserved examples, we know that the figure wore the horned crown of a deity. The whole would have been gilded. A throne and footstool supported by four deities and their animal companions would have been a potent symbol of the Urartian king's power.

Related Image Identifier Link: 
MMA_.an50.163.R.tif