About this object

Whetstone used for sharpening a blade. At one end is an elaborate bronze handle in the form of the head and forequaters of an Ibex, pierced with a ring. The design is typical of others from the Luristan region, a mountainous area in western Iran just east of Mesopotamia. The whetstone has a square cross section and shows little sign of use. Exhibited at the "Iranian Art Exhibition", National Museum, Tokyo., 1958.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Iron Age
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Western Asia: Iran: Luristan
  • Date made
    1000 BC - 600 BC about
  • Materials
    Stone; Bronze
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Puchased from Sotheby & Co Auction House
  • Collector
  • Place collected
    Asia: Western Asia: Iran: Luristan
  • Date collected
    1958 before
  • Measurements
    180 mm x 70 mm x 20 mm
  • Related people
    Sotheby's ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Sotheby's

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