Plaque fragment

Period: Iron Age II

Date: ca. 9th century B.C.

Geography: Iran, Hasanlu

Culture: Iran

Medium: Ivory

Dimensions: H. 13/16 x W. 1 3/16 x D. 3/16 in. (2.1 x 3 x 0.5 cm)

Classification: Ivory/Bone-Reliefs

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1965

Accession Number: 65.163.22


This ivory plaque with a winged, snarling lion is one of several similarly decorated ivory fragments excavated at Hasanlu. The creature's mane is rendered in triangular tufts, while its wing is shown with four feathers emerging from a curved band. A dowel hole at the upper left suggests how such carved plaques were once attached to pieces of furniture or other objects. Although winged lions exist in both Assyrian and northern Syrian art, this example reflects a style of ivory carving found at Hasanlu.