Historical period(s)
Iron Age II - III, ca. 1000-500 BCE
Copper alloy Hammered, chased, and repoussé
H x W x D: 22.3 x 22.3 x 1.6 cm (8 3/4 x 8 3/4 x 5/8 in)
Northwest Iran
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


chasing, hammering, Iran, Iron Age II (ca. 1250 - 800 BCE), Iron Age III (ca. 800 - 500 BCE), repousse, WWII-era provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Previous Owner(s)

Dr. Arthur M. Sackler 1913-1987


The exterior of the disk depicts a winged male figure taming gazelles and a lion. This theme, the "master of the animals," has a long history in the ancient art of southwest Asia. It signified domination over wild or evil forces and suggests the function of the disk, perhaps a device for decorating a shield made of leather, metal, or wood. The disk was attached to another material by nails driven through the holes around the circumference.

Published References
  • et al. Asian Art in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: The Inaugural Gift. Washington, 1987. cat. 2, p. 28.
  • Trudy S. Kawami John Olbrantz. Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections. Exh. cat. Seattle, Washington. cat. 21, p. 103.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum