Ancient Near East, northwestern Iran, Luristan, ca. 1000 to 700 BCE. A lovely ensemble of miniature figurines comprised of a copper and lead alloy, perhaps once used as amulets or votives. The horse stands on three legs (front two intentionally fused) under a long body with a curved tail and an oversized head that is large relative to the body, with a nicely incised mane and applied bronze ears. The ram stands on four legs with a delineated hairy coat and presents large eyes, a prominent snout, and curved horns. The third figure is a standing deer with pointy horns and a stylized form. The last piece is an abstract bird head. Luristan's craftsmen produced high quality bronze objects for a class of nomadic horse lords whose love of their animals shines through clearly in the decorative items they commissioned. Size: 1.75" L x 1.25" H (4.4 cm x 3.2 cm)
Provenance: ex-collection of Joel Malter, Los Angeles, California, USA
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