H x W x D: 9.3 x 18.1 x 0.5 cm (3 11/16 x 7 1/8 x 3/16 in)
Weapon and Armament, Metalwork
tree, bull, Iron Age III (ca. 800 - 500 B.C.E.), griffin, Iran, gold, Ancient Near Eastern Art, repousse, chasing
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn to the Smithsonian Institution
Sackler: Feast Your Eyes: A Taste for Luxury in Ancient Iran
ca. 800-500 B.C.E.
Iron Age III
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
From at least 1957 to 1966 Joseph H. Hirshhorn (1899-1981).  From 1966 to 1986 Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn.  From 1986 Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, transferred from Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.  Notes:  The object was published in the Royal Ontario Museum’s publication in 1957, which states that it belonged to Mr. Joseph H. Hirshhorn’s collection at the time. See Needler, Winifred (1957). Four Near Eastern Antiquities Lent by Mr. Joseph H. Hirshhorn. Royal Ontario Museum Bulletin of the Division of Art and Archaeology, 9-10, pl. 3A. See also Curatorial Remark 4 in the object record.  See document from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, object file, Collections Management Office.  See note 2. See also object file, Collections Management Office.
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