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Two Animal Ornaments from Metal Vessels

Object Name:
Finial
Date:
9th–10th century
Geography:
Iran, Nishapur; Iran, Nishapur
Culture:
Islamic
Medium:
Bronze; cast
Dimensions:
H. 2 1/8 in. (5.38 cm)
Classification:
Metal
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
37.40.32
  • Description

    Several decorative metal finials such as this piece were found during the Metropolitan Museum’s excavations at Nishapur in eastern Iran. The elongated stem at the bottom suggests it may have formed the top of a pin used to arrange clothing or hair, several examples of which were found at the site. Bird-shaped finials were particularly popular at Nishapur and in addition to pin tops, such finials were found attached to the handles of lamps and incense burners, as well as to lids for various vessels.

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