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Scabbard Tip
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Scabbard Tip


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Description This ornament once decorated the tip of a sword's scabbard. In a relief carved on a wall of the palace of the Achaemenid king Darius I (reigned 522-486 BC), a man is depicted wearing a scabbard with a nearly identical tip. The design derives from an image of a lion attacking an ibex.
Provenance The Merrin Gallery, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1999, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase with funds provided by the Ancient Art Acquistion Fund, 1999

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Period
1st half 5th century BC (Achaemenid)
Medium
ivory
(Ivory & Bone)
Accession Number
71.1199
Measurements
H: 2 1/16 x W: 2 13/16 x D: 1/2 in. (5.2 x 7.2 x 1.3 cm)
Geographies
  • Iran (Place of Origin)

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