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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Copper alloy 'master of animals' standard-finial; produced as a single casting; represents a figure grappling with a pair of stylised lions in typical Luristan style.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 9thC BC-8thC BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 17.7 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Among the earliest "Luristan bronzes" to enter the Museum: how and where Lynch acquired them is uncertain, but it is possible that he bought them in Baghdad.

  • Bibliography

    • Gadd 1931a p. 109 (brief reference) bibliographic details
    • Curtis 1994b p.110, pl. 2 bibliographic details
    • Guide 1922 p.173 bibliographic details
    • Curtis 1989a p.28, fig.32 bibliographic details
    • Moorey P R S 1974b pl.Xa bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G52/dc2

  • Exhibition history


    G2/70, from 13 Apr-Dec 2006.

    G52/IRAN/15/16, from official opening 17/11/95-14/12/05.

    G49/IRAN/case 15, 1994.

    Iranian Room [IR], case 4, no. 14, Jul 1975-ca 1990.

    Persian Landing [PL], wall-case [WC] 1, bottom shelf.

    Iranian Room, wall-case 4/3.

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Among the earliest "Luristan bronzes" to enter the Museum but how and where Lynch acquired them is uncertain, although it is possible that he bought them in Baghdad.

  • Department

    Middle East

  • BM/Big number


  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Bronze standard finial


COMPASS Title: Bronze standard finial

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