Silk Road Collection
West Asia

Human Figure·Plate Decorated with Animal Patterns

  • West Asia
  • Iran
  • from the 9th to the 8th centuries BC
  • Luristan
  • bronze
  • 21.0cm in height

A hero who catches the goat with both of his hands is in the center, and a waterfowl and a lion circle surround the ring like the sun. In Luristan of southwestern Iran, where copper deposits were abundant, many bronze utensils were found in the early 1000 B.C. (1000-500 BC). This is an object buried in the tombs of the nomadic people in the mountains of Luristan. It is characterized by superb casting techniques and the unique design under the theme of animals.