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Ibex rod-holder

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This bronze rod-holder is cast in the form of two opposing, rampant ibexes (or rams) rendered with slender, stylized proportions with upwardly extending, but curved horns, notched manes, and twisted tails. The metal is a copper-colored bronze that carries a dull grayish patina.


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.

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Maria Antoinette Evans Fund

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


Height: 15.3 cm (6 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related