Two finials with Ibexes
8th-7th c BCE Central Asian Animal Style: Luristan Metalwork
(active c. 1200 BCE - c. 600 BCE)
900 BCE-600 BCE
8th-7th c BCE
Animal Style: Luristan
Tehran. Foraughi Collection. Iran.
These bronzes served as FINIALS or ornaments on the ends of wooden staffs. The elongated forms demonstrate the extreme elegance that the nomads of Luristan achieved. Symmetry, simplification and stylization are important elements of the style. The forms of the animals have been completely distorted to create great formal elegance, and one cannot help but be impressed by the aesthetic sensibility of the artist. As one looks at works like these it is very clear that aesthetic quality and sensibility is not limited to the Greco-Roman tradition.
IRON AGE |Two finials with Ibexes | 900 BCE-600 BCE | Luristan | Animal Style