Ibex, handle of vessel?

CULTURE:
Achaemenid
DATE:
6th–5th century BCE
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General Description

There are many striking animal support figures in Achaemenid Persian art. This figure, which may have been the support of a bronze vessel, is much more common than the tripod in the form of a man-animal (1966.24). The ibex is shown here in a rearing posture; the two front legs are largely missing. The animal's curly hair and facial features are indicated by cold-working on the surface after the body was cast by the lost-wax method. Both the naturalism and the detailed working of the surface indicate a later production date that that of the tripod.

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. 39.

Web Resources

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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