Whetstone socket

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1000-500 BCE
  • Geography

    Luristan, Iran
  • Material

    Bronze and stone
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 10.7 x 2.4 x 10.9 cm (4 3/16 x 15/16 x 4 5/16 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Whetstone socket in the form of a recumbent caprid, with elongated neck. The edge of the socket is finished with a gently protruding ridge. The whetstone now lodged in the socket is of uncertain date.
  • Provenance

    To the late 1950s or 1960s
    H. Khan Monif (died 1968), New York to the late 1950s or 1960s [1]
    From the late 1950s or 1960s to 1996
    Emma C. Bunker, purchased in New York City from H. Khan Monif in the late 1950s or 1960s [2]
    From 1996
    Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Mr. John B. and Mrs. Emma C. Bunker, Wheatland, WY, in 1996
    [1] According to Provenance Remark 1 in the object record.
    [2] See note 1.
  • Collection

    National Museum of Asian Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections (August 31, 2013 to December 22, 2013)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    H. Kahn Monif (died 1968)
    John B. Bunker and Emma C. Bunker
  • Origin

    Luristan, Iran
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Bunker in memory of Dr. Edith Porada
  • Type

    Tool and Equipment
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