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Large Luristan Bronze Bracelet or Fitting - Lions

Ancient Near East, Luristan, ca. 1200 to 800 BCE. An incredibly heavy lost wax cast bronze ring with terminals shaped like two lion heads that are fused together. The lion heads have huge manes, snarling faces, and wide eyes. The rest of the ring is a heavy, smooth, curved cylinder. If this was a bracelet, it was for a huge wrist! It may have been an armlet, or, a more likely use would be as a ring for attaching items, perhaps one that hung from a saddle. In this culture, a relatively wealthy class of nomadic horse lords and ladies commissioned bronze items from artisans in urban centers. Many of these exquisitely made items ultimately came to grace the graves of elite warriors. Size: 4" W x 0.65" H (10.2 cm x 1.7 cm)

Condition: Dark patina overall. Details of terminals are very clear.

Provenance: private New Jersey USA collection, acquired over twenty years ago

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