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Decorated boss

Iron Age III
ca. 8th–7th century B.C.
Iran, said to be from Ziwiye
Silver, electrum
1.62 in. (4.11 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Alastair Bradley Martin, 1953
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 400
The top of this elaborate object has delicately engraved dotted triangles, and the base is embellished with two bands of guilloches that are similar to those on earlier vessels excavated at Marlik in the south Caspian region of Iran.

In 1947 a treasure was reputedly found at a mound near the village of Ziwiye in northwestern Iran. Objects attributed to Ziwiye are stylistically similar to Assyrian art of the eighth and seventh centuries B.C. as well as to the art of contemporary Syria, Urartu, and Scythia. Many objects of gold, silver, bronze, ivory, and ceramic have since appeared on the antiquities market with the provenance of Ziwiye, although there is no way to verify this identification.
From 1952, on loan by Alastair Bradley Martin to the Museum (L.52.17); acquired by the Museum in 1953, gift of Alastair Bradley Martin, The Guennol Collection, Glen Head, NY.
"Additions to the Collections." Eighty-Fourth Annual Report of the Trustees for the Year 1953, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 13 (1) (Summer 1954), p. 17.

Ghirshman, Roman. 1964. The Arts of Ancient Iran. New York: Golden Press, p. 118, fig. 162 [location given as Archaeological Museum, Tehran].
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