Luristan Grinding Stone with a Handle in the Form of Two Ibexes

Culture: Luristan
Period: 1st half of 1st millennium B.C.
Material: Stone, bronze
Dimensions: 23.8 cm long
Price: 2 800 Euro
Ref: 6371
Provenance: From the inventory of the judicially dissolved Parisian gallery La Reine Margot.
Condition: A hole on the upper side of the handle, a rivet missing. Otherwise very beautifully preserved.
Description: Light-colored, cylindrical grinding- or whetstone that was used to sharpen swords and daggers. The bronze handle is pulled over on one end and fastened with two rivets. The end of the handle ends in two stylized ibex heads. The animals with circular horns that start on the forehead and reach to the neck. The ibex with large, pointed ears and a chamois beard. Stylized forelegs on the outside. See for the type in the Detroit Institute of Arts with Accession Number 67.163. Mounted.