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This bronze rod-holder depicts a stylized scene of opposing, long-necked lions, rendered in profile with snarling, monstrous facial features, teeth exposed, and curled tails. They flank a horned, heart-shaped head/mask, represented frontally, with hair curled at sides. The metal shows a green...

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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: 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tools & equipment, Animal-related