Assyrian Bronze Belt Terminal With Combat Scene


An Assyrian bronze belt terminal fragment, composed of a partially visible rectangular plaque, leading to a narrow neck attached to a wide, circular terminal, pierced for attachment. The revers is unworked. The piece, although in its fragmentary condition, displays a clearly visible repousse decoration, comprising the depiction of a male figure, fighting against a wild animal: depictions of men fighting against wild animals were commonly portrayed across many Near Eastern civilisations. A rich patination has formed over the whole piece.

Date: Circa 1st millennium BC
Provenance: Property of a North London gentleman; previously in the collection of Mr S.M., acquired in the 1970s-1990s.
Condition: Fine condition, fragmentary.


Belts were worn for decorative and practical purposes in Assyrian culture. It was believed that belts were prestigious decorative elements and therefore produced greater in size than what was accustomed. This allowed the crafter to embellish the belt with further detail and adornments of designs and scenes. Belts were thought to represent monarchy because Assyrian kings would hold them to signify their power, they held important values for the wearer.

Weight 51 g
Dimensions L 7.2 x W 16.5 cm



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