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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
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Title:Standard finial
Date Made:800-600 BCE
Place Made:Asia; Iran; Luristan
Measurements:Overall: 5 11/16 in x 3 in x 7/8 in; 14.4 cm x 7.6 cm x 2.2 cm
Accession Number:  MH 1931.1.A(c).I
Credit Line:Purchase with the Nancy Everett Dwight Fund

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"Master of Animals" style. Roughly symmetrical design of a heraldic grouping of figures centered on a vertical, cylindrical shaft (which is hollow). Two human-like faces decorate the upper half of the object, on both the front and the back. The faces are flanked by two animal-form heads that extend out from the shaft, forming loops on either side of the object. Below the faces are three raised bands around the shaft. Below the bands, the shaft is ornamented with animal flanks/hind-quarters on either side.

ancient; archaeology; funeral rites and ceremonies; horses

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