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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 1000-500 BCE
  • Geography

    Luristan, Iran
  • Material

  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 19.5 x 6.6 x 2.4 cm (7 11/16 x 2 5/8 x 15/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Anthropomorphic tube flanked by rampant animals. A human head and torso at top: two human faces, one on each side of tube, with prominent ears and nose. Raised lines mark a necklace and bands on the chest. A second human face, also with prominent nose, in the center of the tube. The figure with torso grasps the necks of two creatures with cock's combs, gaping jaws, and prominent eye-coils. The creatures' elongated necks terminate in bird heads, facing downwards. The lower part of the tube consists of the second figure's haunches and legs, rendered sculpturally.
  • 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
  • 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

    Jewelry and Ornament
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