A fine Western Asiatic bronze large vessel handle featuring three vertical bars connected by two rings at the top embellished with a perched bird on each. A short curved bar is attached to the bottom of the handle, beautiful green patination covers the surface of the piece. A custom made stand is provided.
Date: Circa 3rd Millenum BC Provenance: Important Mayfair Collection formed 1970-1999 Condition: Good Condition, beak missing from one bird.
Animals were very popular during the bronze age in the Western Asiatic cultures but pairs of animals were found mostly on cast bronze objects from Luristan. The area of Luristan was occupied by many cultures through the years, pieces such as this example were believed to have been made by the Persians or the Lur people (after whom the area is named). The Persians were very skilled craftsmen and made weapons, tools and ornaments. Over time, the animals were produced in a more naturalistic manner and types were widened to include animals with human faces.
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