Historical period(s)
Iron Age II - III, ca. 1000-500 BCE
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)
Iran, Luristan
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Bunker in memory of Dr. Edith Porada
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


bird, casting, Iran, Iron Age II (ca. 1250 - 800 BCE), Iron Age III (ca. 800 - 500 BCE), WWII-era 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.

Previous Owner(s)

Mr. and Mrs. John B. and Emma Bunker
H. Kahn Monif died 1968


An important industry in bronze and copper artifacts flourished in the region of Luristan, western Iran, between about 1400 and 600 B.C.E.  This object is one of the most typical Luristan bronzes: a finial, or ornamental pole top, which was originally mounted on a bottle-shaped support (see S1995.111).  The finials were often fashioned in the form of a demon flanked by panthers (or other leonine creatures).  As in this example, the flanking leonine creatures often terminate in predatory heads with a cock's head projecting from the neck.

Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
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