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Master of Animals Cheekpiece

Master of Animals Cheekpiece

c. 700 BCE
Overall: 14.9 x 21.3 cm (5 7/8 x 8 3/8 in.)

Did You Know?

The Master of Animals may represent a god of nature or the hunt.

Description

In this cast bronze cheekpiece, a horned male figure with sidelocks grabs two winged felines by their forelegs. Each feline tramples a rabbit beneath its feet. This design is an ancient Near Eastern motif known as the Master of Animals. Incised chevrons, lines, and crosses decorate the master and the winged felines. A ring penetrating the male figure’s torso provides a means of attachment for a metal horse bit, now missing, and a second cheekpiece, likely nearly identical. This work likely originates from Luristan, a region in northwestern Iran known for its metalworking and horse-breeding in the Iron Age.
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    Mrs. Christian R. Holmes; Mozaffar Cohen, Paris
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https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1961.33