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**First Time At Auction**Ancient Near East, northwestern Iran, Luristan, ca. 1000 to 600 BCE. A minimalistic cast-bronze

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**Originally Listed At $300**Ancient Near East, Northwestern Iran, Luristan culture, ca. 1000 to 600 BCE. A hefty cast

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Luristan Bronze Horse Harness Fitting w/ Ibex

Lot 0089 Details

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Ancient Near East, Northwestern Iran, Luristan, ca. 1000 to 600 BCE. A ornamental cast- bronze harness ring made to fit the bridle of a horse. The ring is comprised of a flat disc with incised lines decorating one side, and two ibex standing in profile on the top half. This ring was probably the cheek piece that held the bit in place with an identical ring on the other side. Luristan 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: 2.25" W x 3.625" H (5.7 cm x 9.2 cm)

The affluent group in Luristan society that patronized the metalworking industry and purchased decorative items like these were nomadic horsemen. They would travel into towns and purchase bronze and iron objects from craftsmen there. Although these horsemen were pre-literate, we know from the records of the Elamites and other southern neighbors that they were mercenaries in the constant warfare between the Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Elamites. Their horses were their livelihood, and they seem to have ornamented them as beautifully as they ornamented themselves.

Provenance: ex- estate of Eldert Bontekoe, Pegasi Numismatics, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA acquired before 2000

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Condition
Losses to horns of both ibex, and one horn reattached. Age commensurate surface wear and softening of details. Mineral deposits and heavy patina.
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Luristan Bronze Horse Harness Fitting w/ Ibex

Estimate $800 - $1,200
Oct 29, 2020
Starting Price $400
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0089: Luristan Bronze Horse Harness Fitting w/ Ibex

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Est. $800 - $1,200Starting Price $400
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Lot 0089 Details

Description
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Ancient Near East, Northwestern Iran, Luristan, ca. 1000 to 600 BCE. A ornamental cast- bronze harness ring made to fit the bridle of a horse. The ring is comprised of a flat disc with incised lines decorating one side, and two ibex standing in profile on the top half. This ring was probably the cheek piece that held the bit in place with an identical ring on the other side. Luristan 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: 2.25" W x 3.625" H (5.7 cm x 9.2 cm)

The affluent group in Luristan society that patronized the metalworking industry and purchased decorative items like these were nomadic horsemen. They would travel into towns and purchase bronze and iron objects from craftsmen there. Although these horsemen were pre-literate, we know from the records of the Elamites and other southern neighbors that they were mercenaries in the constant warfare between the Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Elamites. Their horses were their livelihood, and they seem to have ornamented them as beautifully as they ornamented themselves.

Provenance: ex- estate of Eldert Bontekoe, Pegasi Numismatics, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA acquired before 2000

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#160490
Condition
...
Losses to horns of both ibex, and one horn reattached. Age commensurate surface wear and softening of details. Mineral deposits and heavy patina.

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