Luristan Bronze "Master of Animals" Standard Finial
An ancient Luristan large bronze standard finial in the form of a 'Master of Animals' figure, the janiform figure with a large nose and downward horns, the central shaft is in the form of a stylized torso, he grasps the necks of the flanking animals with their mouths agape, birds perch on his hips
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.
Published: W. H. Peck and P. Slough, The Marko Collection: Antiquities, (Detroit, 1990), no. 31.
Formerly in the H. and B. Marko collection, Michigan.