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 Mr. and Mrs. Alastair Bradley Martin
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Bracteate, 6th-5th century B.C.E. Gold, 13/16 x 1 5/16 in. (2.1 x 3.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alastair Bradley Martin, 70.142.8. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 70.142.6-.11_PS2.jpg)
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