Pin with Persian Ibex Motif
The Achaemenid rulers of ancient Persia favored images of lions with their mouths open in a snarl or roar. On these gold jewelry elements they 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 (no. 6) was used to fasten garments.
- Medium: Gold
- Place Made: Iran
- Dates: 6th - 5th century B.C.E.
- Period: Achaemenid Period
- Dimensions: 9/16 x 5 1/4 in. (1.5 x 13.3 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Ancient Middle Eastern Art, The Hagop Kevorkian Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 1998.25
- Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Coltrera
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Pin with Persian Ibex Motif, 6th - 5th century B.C.E. Gold, 9/16 x 5 1/4 in. (1.5 x 13.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Coltrera, 1998.25. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)