Lion's head terminal

Period: Iron Age II

Date: ca. 9th century B.C.

Geography: Iran, Hasanlu

Culture: Iran

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: H. 4 13/16 x W. 2 3/16 in. (12.2 x 5.5 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Ornaments

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1963

Accession Number: 63.109.1


This powerful snarling lion has a slightly protruding tongue. The animal's muzzle is wrinkled and solid spheres form the eyes. The object is one of a pair (its partner is in Tehran). It is cast solid in the form of a lion's head, with a hollow cylindrical neck with four openings near the base and a solid tang below. When excavated, no other object or material was found near the pair to give a clue to their function, although they may have been placed on an article of furniture, perhaps at the top of the uprights of a chair.