Artist unknown / Beaker / about 800 B.C.Artist unknown
about 800 B.C.

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Middle Eastern; Persian
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Beaker
View: front
Creation Start Date: 0
Creation End Date: 0
Creation Date: about 800 B.C.
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Silver
Materials and Techniques: silver
Dimensions: H.6-1/4 x D.(top)3-3/4 in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 65.36.2
Credit Line: The Katherine Kittredge McMillan Memorial Fund

The people of Marlik were a nomadic Indo-European tribe that once inhabited northwestern Iran. They left little evidence of their culture except for small portable objects buried with their dead. This silver beaker is decorated with stylized ibexes (wild mountain goats) that display the sensitive rendering of animal forms characteristic of ancient near eastern art. The design is worked in repouseé, a technique in which the metal is hammered from the back to create raised designs on the surface. In spite of strong patternization, the artist has captured a sense of the animal's grace, agility, and naturalistic musculature.

AMICA ID: MIA_.65.36.2
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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