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Bronze figurine

Figurine of bull from Northwestern Iran, Caspian coastal area. Groups of small bronze stags and bulls, pierced for suspension, have been found in tombs, where they appear to have been hung from men's belts. Their exact meaning is unknown, but it is likely that they were gifts to the dead.

Provenance

By 1959: with Dariush Broumand, New York, New York; 12 November 1959: purchased by the MFA from Dariush Broumand. (Accession Date: November 12, 1959)

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund

Near Eastern, Iranian, Iron Age, 10th–9th century B.C.

Accession Number

59.739

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture