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Animal Bell                                             Luristan, 1500-700 BC

Maker unknown

In the mountains of Luristan (western Persia) the semi-nomadic Lurs crafted bronzes from the better part of a millennium. When a warrior and his horse died together, they were buried in the same grave with their weapons and equipment, including many bells of high copper content. Cast by the cire perdue (lost wax) method, such bells decorated collars and bridles.

No inscription.  Bronze. Overall height 8.8 cm; diameter of mouth 6.3 cm.

Provenance: The Robyna Neilson Ketchum Collection of Bells, Gift of Alton Ketchum
Accession No. 1096.1972

                

 

 
   
 

 

 

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