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Luristan Bronze Harness Ring, Western Persia, circa 8th - 7th Century BC

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Luristan Bronze Harness Ring, Western Persia, circa 8th - 7th Century BC

Luristan Bronze Harness Ring, Western Persia, circa 8th - 7th Century BC

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Luristan Bronze Harness Ring, Western Persia, circa 8th - 7th Century BC


surmounted by the head of a mouflon with long aquiline muzzle and great sweeping horns, a roaring feline with gaping jaws couchant on the shoulder, a suspension ring behind.

Height: 3 1/8 in (7.9 cm)

In excellent condition. There is a small speck of what appears to be bronze disease on the muzzle.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

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Dr Frederick R. Pleasants, New York and Tucson
Merton D. Simpson, New York, acquired from the above
Acquired from the above
Cf. P. R. S. Moorey, Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1971, pls. 24-26, for related harness rings. For a harness ring of similar quality compare the example in the Barnet Collection, Sotheby’s, New York, The Shape of Beauty: Sculpture from the Collection of Howard and Saretta Barnet, May 14, 2018, no. 28.