University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number:75-29-395
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Iran
Hasanlu
Period: Hasanlu Period IV
Date Made: 1000-800 BC
Early Date: -1000
Late Date: -800
Section:Near Eastern
Materials:Ivory
Iconography:Lion
Credit Line:The Hasanlu Project; Robert H. Dyson Jr., 1975
Other Number:HAS74-N624 - Field No SF

Description

Two fragments of a stylized lion- upper half only; dowel hole for eye; back cut for inlay; large dowel hole behind the eye; dowel hole into muzzle.

Muscarella Publication: " Two fragments of the right and left sides of a lion's head, from a section which when complete included only the top of the head, the upper muzzle and incised upper teeth; the base is flat and has a bottle-shaped groove for attachment. Most of the muzzle has broken away but neatly drilled dots are still evident (cf. no. 258). The oval eyes once held inlays; the ears were separately made and set into deep flat-rimmed holes, with deep cut-outs between them for inlays (cf. no. 255). The mane is exquisitely carved in low relief and consists of typical triangular tufts. The neck is cut squarely. the object may have been part of a lion's head carved in the round but made in two units - the lower section now entirely missing - or it may have been attached as a half head to serve as a handle or decoration on another object."


Bibliography:

[Book] Muscarella, Oscar W. 1980. The Catalogue of Ivories from Hasanlu, Iran.. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 136/ Fig. 256View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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