Hero and Animal Combat Beaker

900–700 BCE
Diameter: 7.7 cm (3 1/16 in.); Overall: 10.1 cm (4 in.)
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Repoussé is a technique of hammering into metal to create designs and figures.


On this silver beaker, two registers show men grabbing felines by the paws and stabbing rearing beasts amid stylized trees. The bearded men wear long robes and scarves, carefully created using repoussé. A large guilloche pattern containing a smaller guilloche pattern and punctuated by round bosses fills the space between the registers. This beaker may show a Master of Animals or a hero in combat, popular motifs in the ancient Near East.
Hero and Animal Combat Beaker

Hero and Animal Combat Beaker

900–700 BCE

Iran, Luristan

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