Luristan Bronze "Master of Animals" Standard Finial
An ancient Luristan large bronze standard finial in the form of a 'Master of Animals' figure.
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.
Formerly in the collection of Nourollah Elganian, New York, acquired in the 1960's or 70's.