A LURISTAN BRONZE FINIAL SCULPTURE
Catalog:Bronze:Near Eastern and Egyptian: stock #795283
c. 1st Millennium B.C.
The large cast bronze finial depicts a shamanistic depiction of the Master of Animals with each hand terminating in a confronted animal head.
In excellent condition with nice, natural brown patina.
14 inches (34 cm) high
Custom Plexiglas stand, worldwide shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.
Export Approval from Israel Antiquities Authority
The powerful iconography of these standard finials remains mysterious though undeniably hypnotic. Most probably offered as votives to the local gods, they depict scenes from a mythology which was never written down. The central image involves a god/hero who has power over threatening beasts and monsters.