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ca. 1000-800 B.C.E.

Iron Age II

Bronze and stone
H: 26.0 W: 15.8 D: 8.7 cm
Northwest, Northwest Iran

Gift of Arthur M. Sackler S1987.18

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The mountain goat, with its magnificent horns, inhabited the high rocky regions of the ancient Near East, and from early times inspired artistic representations. Several places on the head, chest, and feet of this example show that it was originally attached to another object. This evidence, together with the rather decorative character of the figure, suggests that it was made for use as a decorative fitting on a piece of furniture, perhaps a throne.

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