Votive Pin with Decorated Disc

800–600 BCE
Overall: 35.1 x 15.9 x 1.7 cm (13 13/16 x 6 1/4 x 11/16 in.)
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Luristan votive pins were sometimes found pushed into the walls of religious sanctuaries.


A complex mythological scene unfolds on the decorative disc of this silver pin. On the top register, two bearded figures carrying palm fronds and a bird extend a frond to a seated lion-headed man. Below, two figures holding fronds approach a man riding a bull. Two animal-headed beings flank the registers and perhaps hold banners in their hands. A pattern of stylized lotus buds and blossoms decorates the disk’s rim. The scene may represent a Mesopotamian or Iranian myth. The pin was made with the repoussé technique by hammering designs into the back.
Votive Pin with Decorated Disc

Votive Pin with Decorated Disc

800–600 BCE

Iran, Luristan

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