Feb 18, 2009
Feb 18, 2009
Feb 18, 2009
Feb 18, 2009
Feb 18, 2009

Axel Shaft Cup

Axel Shaft Cup

c. 800–700 BC

Bronze, cast

Diameter: 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.); Overall: 7 cm (2 3/4 in.)

The Charles W. Harkness Endowment Fund 1930.729

Description

Luristan, on Iran's western frontier, and Markik and Amlash in the north were sites of flourishing civilizations. However, since Luristan left little in the way of written records, all that we know about it has been guessed from their works of art. One of the ancient centers of the horse-breeding industry, Luristan is best known for its bronze objects, many of them horse or chariot trappings. Luristan supplied the Assyrian Empire not only with horses but also the hardware associated with them.

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