Luristan Bronze Mace Head with a Sculptural Group

Culture: Luristan
Period: 900-800 B.C.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 10.3 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 6329
Provenance: From the well-known New York private collection of Arthur Sackler, (1913-1987), acquired 1970. Thence with Millea Brothers, New Jersey, on 20 February 2011, lot 420. Last in a British collection.
Condition: An old perforation on the base, otherwise intact.
Description: Bronze mace head with a round shaft hole and a protruding base. Around the corpus are four stylised figures in raised relief. The large faces, which are characterised by round eyes, a mop of hair and a long, prominent nose, are between long, projecting lugs. The bodies of the figures are relatively small, with long legs, arms bent sideways, thin upper bodies and long neck. A beautiful, rather rare example for Luristan’s bronze art. At the bottom several collection stickers. Mounted.