Luristan Bronze Quiver Appliques
Three ancient Luristan bronze appliques from the side and bottom of an archery quiver; the largest with an incised master of animals scene depicting a warrior holding two lions by the tail. The second scene depicts a lion in a tree holding two cubs. The scene on the roundel from the bottom of the quiver depicts a hunter holding an ibex by the horns as he prepares to slaughter the animal with a dagger.
Ca. 1500 - 800 BC.
Luristan objects, including impressive and numerous decorative bronze horse trappings and weapons, are found mainly in western Persia. Luristan artifacts are most likely the work of the ancient Medes, an Indo-European group that eventually dominated Persia. These ceremonial standards with elaborate finials must have played a significant role in the religious culture of the region, and several examples have been excavated from burials.
Formerly in a New York private collection.