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Cap from an axle

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Cap from a wheel axle, featuring two crouching animals (lion?) with grotesque heads, large eyes and nose, small detached forelegs, and hind-legs with tail, in low relief. Red bronze, green patina, encrusted.


From Luristan, 1930: purchased by the MFA through Mr. Upham Pope.* (Accession date: August 7, 1930) *Ninety-five objects, numbered 30.544-30.637 were purchased as a group for $15,000, plus a $2250 commission.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund

Near Eastern, Iranian, Luristan, Iron Age, 7th–4th century B.C.


Legacy dimension: H. .072 D. .058

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Transportation