Double-headed ibex pin
- 800–600 BCE
- MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
- Overall: 2 5/8 x 8 3/16 x 1 1/4 in. (6.668 x 20.798 x 3.175 cm)
- Classical Art
- 304 SNAIL GALLERY
- CREDIT LINE:
- Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Association Purchase
- Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art.
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Ornamental bronze pins are another example of Luristanian bronze work employing animal imagery. The Dallas Museum of Art ram-headed example was cast by the lost-wax method in five pieces (each pair of horns, each animal head, and the pin itself). Horizontal pins appear as often as vertical pins in Iranian art and were probably used to pin large sections of garments together. The double curve of the two pairs of animal horns is especially elegant.
Anne R. Bromberg, and Karl Kilinski II, Gods, Men, and Heroes: Ancient Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996. 37.