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Urartian Bronze Belt - Beautiful Geometric Decoration

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Description
Caucasus region, modern day eastern Turkey (Anatolia)/Armenia, Urartu culture, ca. 9th to 7th century BCE. A rare, near-complete Urartian belt made from hammered bronze and decorated in chased low relief/repousse geometric motifs. These form a series of lightly raised bands around the edges and in the center that curve at right angles at the terminals, forming a labyrinth-like motif on the whole. Tiny perforations along one long edge give an idea of how it would have been worn - probably sewn onto a leather or other fabric-like backing. Urartian warriors and other elites wore elaborate bronze belts as a display of their important status in society. Size: 33.75" W x 3.95" H (85.7 cm x 10 cm); 12.25" H (31.1 cm) on included custom stand.

Urartu had such skill with bronze work that the Assyrians would take their finished metal objects whenever they could, through trade, warfare, or plunder. For example, Assyrian king Sargon II listed 305,000 bronze daggers as the plunder from a successful campaign in Urartu. The unmistakable artistry of this piece reminds us why Sargon II stole them!

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Esmerian collection, New York, USA, 1980s

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Condition
Losses from the peripheries, notably much of the upper edge and one of the terminals. A few small tears in the surface and one area of repair along the lower edge. This repair is well done and difficult to see. Great mottled green, red, and turquoise patina with flashes of the original bronze coloration visible underneath.
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Urartian Bronze Belt - Beautiful Geometric Decoration

Estimate $5,000 - $7,000Aug 13, 2020
Starting Price $2,250
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