Southwestern Iran / Roundel with the head of a "hero" surrounded by caprids / 14th century B.C.Southwestern Iran
Roundel with the head of a "hero" surrounded by caprids
14th century B.C.

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Persian
Creator Name-CRT: Southwestern Iran
Title: Roundel with the head of a "hero" surrounded by caprids
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: -139
Creation End Date: -130
Creation Date: 14th century B.C.
Creation Place: Southwestern Iran
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Bitumen, traces of silver and gold foil
Dimensions: H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Description: This roundel, carved out of bitumen, was originally overlaid with silver and gold foil. Finely incised in the center is the head of a hero figure with long hair parted down the middle, ending in three curls on each side. The figure is separated from a row of seven recumbentt rams by a double rope-pattern band. The outer border is the same rope-pattern. The roundel would have been attached to another object as a decorative element. Several similar roundels were excavated at the Middle Elamite sites of Haft Tepe (ancient Kabnak) and Susa. The style of the hero's face and delineation of his features are seen in Elamite art as well.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1989.281.24
Credit Line: Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art . All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Middle Elamite period
AMICA ID: MMA_.1989.281.24
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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