Double-headed ibex pin

DATE:
800–600 BCE
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Bronze
CLASSIFICATION:
Jewelry
DIMENSIONS:
Overall: 2 5/8 x 8 3/16 x 1 1/4 in. (6.668 x 20.798 x 3.175 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Classical Art
LOCATION:
304 SNAIL GALLERY
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Association Purchase
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art.
OBJECT NUMBER:
1963.22

General Description

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.

Excerpt from

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.