c. 1st Millennium BC
Cast bronze figure of an ibex with nice detail including ribbed horns and a collar which continues into the suspension loop.
In excellent and original condition with nice patina. An extremely rare example.
1.9 x 1.2 inches (5 x 2.9 cm)
The Luristan culture consisted of communities living in and around the Zagros Mountains between Iran and Iraq in the late 2nd and early 1st millennia B.C., distinctive for their bronze-working industry. Their origins are obscure, but they may have originated in the Caucasus away to the east; they seem to have been ancestral to the Medes and Persians. Their bronze work is characterized by ornamentation that includes the free use of animal and demonic human forms applied to such products as weapons, horse fittings, and jewellery.