ANCIENT BRONZE URARTU BELT

£4,000.00

A rare, intact bronze belt made of a wide lateral bronze band embellished with geometric, floral decoration as well as depictions of animals all over. The borders are decorated with circles. These wide bands are joined by a thin band of bronze at the back and a closure at the front fashioned in the shape of two interlaced snakeheads with incised decoration.

Date: Ca. 1000-650 BC

Size: L:385mm / W:98mm; 380g

Condition: Good

Provenance: Ex.-Davis collection, Houston, Texas, acquired before 2013 from various auction houses in London and New York.

SKU: GW-3

Description

Bronze belts first appeared in the 2nd millennium BC in Urartu, one of the ancient metalworking centres of the ancient world. From Iran, representations of belts in Art are known from two regions: Susiana, Elam, and their adjacent districts, on the one hand, and north-eastern Iran on the other. (Neo-)Elamite belts are characterised by being narrower than their predecessors and sometimes decorated with a zigzag pattern or rosettes. For more information on ancient belts, see: Moorey, P. R. S. (1967). Some Ancient Metal Belts. Their Antecedents and Relatives. Iran 5, pp. 83ff. & Calmeyer, P. in Reallexikon der Assyriologie III, 1957-71, pp. 689-93.

Additional information

Weight .380 kg
Dimensions 38.5 × 9.8 cm
Culture

Near Eastern

Origin

Western Asia

Metal

Bronze