Luristan Bronze Master of the Animals Finial

GBP 750.00

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Object Description

A Luristan bronze finial of the ‘Master of the Animals’ type. The central anthropomorphic tube bears a Janus-head with prominent nose and ears, and he holds off a snarling beast on either side.

The Master of the Animals was a supernatural protector of game, the ruler of the forest, and the guardian of the entire animal kingdom. He is depicted as a human figure standing between the heads, necks, and stylised bodies of equestrian creatures presented in profile. The figure’s grasp on the animals has been interpreted by some as a sign of control.

The precise function of objects like this is unknown, and remains one of the mysteries of antiquity. Suggestions range from the religious – depictions of deities, idols, talismans, etc. – to the utilitarian – adornments for chariots or articles used in funerary rituals.

Object Condition

Very Fine condition; surfaces with accretions and consequently slightly rough.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    H:11.8 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James