Pin with Persian Ibex Motif
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Ancient Middle Eastern Art, The Hagop Kevorkian Gallery, 3rd Floor
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.
6th-5th century B.C.E.
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Coltrera
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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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1998.25_transp5440.jpg)
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