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Amlash large sheet bronze figure

M92

£400.00

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A large sheet bronze idol-figure with a plain round body rising to a rectangular pierced trunk with repousse decoration. The top terminates in two stylised heads each decorated with a cross and dots.

The exact meaning or purpose of these enigmatic objects remains unknown. It has been suggested that the body was used as a mirror though the handles were rarely designed for practical use.

Excavations have revealed that these objects were placed in burials and may therefore have had a ritual significance. The abstract shape suggests a connection with earlier idol figures.

Culture
North West Persia (Amlash region), 6th to 4th Century BC

Condition
Intact as shown, minor losses to the top of one of the terminals

Size
30 x 16 cms, 32 cms including stand

Provenance
Ex. private collection, London, UK; acquired 1970’s-1980’s.

Supplied with a perspex display stand

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