Luristan, modern day Iran, ca. 1000 to 700 BCE. This is a bronze bracelet with two "master of animals" heads. The "master of animals", usually found on tubular standards, is a subhuman figure standing above the heads and necks of equally stylized, somewhat leonine creatures. The figure's arms encircle the animals in what some have seen as an image of control, but really, we have no understanding of the true meaning of this symbol - all we know is that it is a common one from Luristan. Suggestions for their interpretation tend to take in the religious - depictions of deities, idols, talismans, etc. The bracelet is very large - perhaps made for a large man. This is a truly rare find! Size: 3.8" W x 1.8" H (9.7 cm x 4.6 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Private Orange County, CA collection
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Condition: Intact and quite excellent; some stabilization to the patina