Urartu was an Iron Age kingdom situated between Asia Minor, Mesopotamia, and the Caucasus mountains, in what was later to be known as the Armenian Highlands. The kingdom was centred around Lake Van and corresponds to the biblical Kingdom of Ararat. Urartu refers predominantly to the region, whilst the term “kingdom of Urartu” is used for the Iron Age state that developed in that region. The Urartu language is known to us from cuneiform inscriptions and was similar to the language spoken by the Hurrians.
Urartu Silver Bangle with Decorative Zoomorphic Finials
An extremely fine Urartu civilisation solid silver bangle composed of a circular, plain hoop, featuring finely decorated terminals, modelled as beast heads.
Provenance: SM London collection 1970 - 1999.
Condition: Surface is tarnished but otherwise good condition.