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Luristan Knife Handle in the shape of an Ibex
Luristan Knife Handle in the shape of an Ibex - Ancient Art Style
Ref : 81241
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Period :
<= 16th century
Medium :
Bronze
Dimensions :
L. 14.17 inch
Ancient Art  - Luristan Knife Handle in the shape of an Ibex
Galerie David Ghezelbash

Ancien Art & Antiquities


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Luristan Knife Handle in the shape of an Ibex

This sharpener handle consists of a tubular part, of round section, in which a limestone is inserted. The tube is pierced with holes in which chains or a metal rivet used to hold the stone in place. The handle is extended by a zoomorphic bronze sculpture in the round, shaped as a stylized Ibex. The symbolism of this ornamentation is probably of apotropaic or magical order, thus reflecting on the sharpened weapon.
 
Luristan art, Iron Age IIB circa 900-800 BC

Provenance:
Formerly in the collection Paolo Morigi (1939-2017), Lugano

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