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Master of Animals Finial

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Description This ornament is called a "master-of-animals" standard due to its representation of a deity or demon flanked by monsters. Two cock heads emerge from the necks of the monsters. A second demon head is inserted midway down the body. These standards must have played a major role in the religious culture, and several examples have been excavated from burials.
Date Description Narrative
8/01/1972Examinationexamined for condition
Provenance [Found in Nevahend, Persia (?)]; Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1931, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1931

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10th-8th century BCE (Iron Age)
cast bronze
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6 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 7/8 in. (17.2 x 7 x 2.2 cm)
  • Iran, Nehavend (Place of Discovery)


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