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.
- Medium: Gold
- Possible Place Made: Ecbatana (modern day Hamadan), Persia (modern day Iran)
- Dates: 6th - 5th century B.C.E.
- Period: Achaemenid Persian
- Dimensions: 1/16 x 1 5/8 in. (0.1 x 4.2 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: 70.142.10
- Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair Bradley Martin
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Openwork Roundel, 6th - 5th century B.C.E. Gold, 1/16 x 1 5/8 in. (0.1 x 4.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair Bradley Martin, 70.142.10. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (79%)