- Museum number
- Series: Oxus Treasure
Large hollow gold head of a beardless man made from a single piece of hammered sheet; slightly aquiline nose with prominent superciliary ridges; eyes wide open, the pupils being represented by punched circles; pierced ear lobes, and in one the remains of a plug with a small hook at the end which was evidently intended to support an earring; the hair is represented by close-set wavy lines radiating from the centre; the back of the neck is damaged by a long, almost vertical, cut.
- Production date
- 5thC BC-4thC BC
Diameter: 4.30 - 4.50 centimetres (interior of base cavity)
Diameter: 0.30 centimetres (earring perforations)
Height: 11.30 centimetres
Weight: 399 grammes
Width: 8.35 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Possibly originally fixed onto the top of a staff. Dalton reports on p. 9 that Captain Burton was informed that the gold bowl 123921 (OT 20) was inverted as a cap over this object. The object is regarded by Professor Lolita Nehru as of local Bactrian production, on the basis of the style of the face ("Local traditions in the art of Western Central Asia from the 6th century BC to 1st century AD", lecture, 3 March 2004, Senate House, London).
- On display (G52/dc3)
- Exhibition history
2006 7 Mar-11 Jun, Barcelona, Fundacion La Caixa, 'L'imperi Oblidat'
2005-2006 Sept-Jan, London, BM, 'Forgotten Empire'
1995-2005 17 Nov-Aug BM, G52/IRAN/27
1994 16 Jun-23 Dec, BM, G49/IRAN/27
1989 Temporary display, BM, Room 35 (Hinton St Mary mosaic staircase)
1975-ca 1990 Jul- BM, Iranian Room [IR], OT case
1958- BM, Persian Landing c/c, south-west
1931-ca 1939 BM, Room 20: Persian Room
1923-1931 BM, King Edward VII Building: Franks Display
1900- BM, Gold Ornament Room
- The back of the neck is damaged by a long, almost vertical, cut.
- Acquisition date
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: OT 5 (catalogue no)