A Persian Gold Belt Fragment, Ziwiye , circa 7th Century B.C.
- A Persian Gold Belt Fragment, Ziwiye
- 3 by 2 3/4 in. 7.6 by 7 cm.
The Ernest Erickson Foundation (Sotheby's, New York, December 12th-13th, 1991, no. 169, illus.)
The belt from which the present fragment derives is one of four belts found at Ziwiye. It was painstakingly reconstructed from many fragments in a line drawing by Paul Amandry, "A propos du trésor de Ziwiye," Iranica Antica, vol. VI, 1966, fig. 4 (repr. on p. 190, fig. 4, in the aforementioned article: http://www.hrpub.org/download/20150301/SA6-19603284.pdf).
About ten fragments from this belt have been identified, including one in the British Museum, inv. no. 1960,0514.1 (http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=367637&partId=1&searchText=1960,0514.1&page=1), acquired from Eli Borowski in 1960 and another in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, inv. no. 50.196a,b (http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/324108), acquired in 1950 from Nasli Heeramaneck: New York. Several other fragments are in private collections. One was most recently offered at auction at Christie's, London, October 25th, 2012, no. 149; it was acquired for the Thétis Collection in Geneva prior to 1970.
Two other objects from the Ziwiye treasure were donated to The Metropolitan Museum by the Ernest Erickson Foundation in 1988 (inv. nos. 1988.102.39-40).
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