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Belt fragment

Iron Age III
ca. 7th century B.C.
3.54 x 12.87 in. (8.99 x 32.69 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1952
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 404
This is but one of hundreds of Urartian belts known to exist, all decorated with a variety of scenes—hunts, animals, deities, etc. Here, in panels divided by patterns, lions and bulls are hunted by otherworldly winged creatures. Joining fragments of this belt exist in two other museums. The pieces were dispersed almost a century ago, when a Russian scholar claimed the belt along with other Urartian material derived from a site at Gushi on the northwestern shore of Lake Urmia in northwest Iran. The belt may have been made in the seventh century B.C.
In 1913, collection of Claude Anet, Paris; acquired by the Museum in 1952, purchased from Adrienne Minassian, New York.

"Origin and Influence, Cultural Contacts: Egypt, the Ancient Near East, and the Classical World." The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, December 18, 1970–April 23, 1971.

“Eighty-Third Annual Report of the Trustees for the Year 1952,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 12 (1), p. 15.

Hanfmann, George M.A. 1956. “Four Urartian Bull's Heads.” Anatolian Studies VI, pl. XX, fig. 2.

Ghirshman, Roman. 1964. The Arts of Ancient Iran. New York: Golden Press, p. 382, fig. 572.

Hamilton, R.W. 1965. “The Decorated Bronze Strip from Gushchi.” Anatolian Studies XV, p. 50, 41ff.

van Loon, Maurits. 1966. Urartian Art. Istanbul: Nederlands Historisch-Archeologisch Instituut, pl. XXXI.

Muscarella, Oscar W. 1988. Bronze and Iron: Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 433, no. 578.

Holmes Peck, E. 2002. "A Decorated Bronze Belt in the Detroit Institute of Arts." In E. Ehrenberg (ed.), Leaving No Stones Unturned. Essays on the Ancient Near East and Egypt in Honor of Donald P. Hansen. Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, p. 197, fig. 13.
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