About this object

The lowermost terminal mount of a scabbard (chape). Worked in relief on one side with the head of a bull. In place of horns is a stylised lotus bloom, the remaining part with scrolling patterns in low relief. The flat surface has a rectangular slot. Probably from Persepolis.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Achaemenid Persian
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Western Asia: Iran: Malek Tappeh
  • Date made
    5th Century BC early
  • Materials
    Tooth Ivory
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Puchased from Sotheby & Co Auction House
  • Collector
  • Place collected
    Asia: Western Asia: Iran: Malek Tappeh
  • Date collected
    1966 before
  • Measurements
    54 mm x 41 mm x 12 mm
  • Note
    Purchased as Sotheby's (London) 14 November 1966, lot 25.
  • Related people
    Sotheby's ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Sotheby's

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: For auction
    Owned until: 1966
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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