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Decorated boss

Period:
Iron Age III
Date:
ca. 8th–7th century B.C.
Geography:
Iran, said to be from Ziwiye
Culture:
Iran
Medium:
Silver, electrum
Dimensions:
1.12 in. (2.84 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Ornaments
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1954
Accession Number:
54.194
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 400
This boss, a type of raised ornamentation, is decorated with four incised ibexes and a knob in the center ending in a rosette. Its function is uncertain but a riveted loop at the back may indicate that it could have been used as horse harness decoration.

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.
Acquired by the Museum in 1954, purchased from Khalil Rabenou, New York.

“The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Selections from the Collection of the Ancient Near East Department,” MOA Museum of Art, Atami, Japan, The Aiche Prefectural Art Gallery, Nagoya, Japan, The Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan, 1983.

Godard, André. 1950. Le Trésor de Ziwiyè. Haarlem: Publications du Service Archéologique de l'Iran, p. 121, fig. 106.

Harper, Prudence O. et al. 1983. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Selections from the Collection of the Ancient Near East Department, exh. cat. Tokyo: Chunichi Shimbun, no. 81.
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