Ancient Luristan Bronze Master Of Animals Finial For A Spear Or Banner C1000Bce

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Seller: the.marcel.gibrat.collection (1,215) 100%, Location: Asheville, North Carolina, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 303440244886 Item Type: Luristan Bronze Master of Animals Item Professionally Assessed: No Auction Estimate: -- Item Description: A very fine Luristan bronze master of animals. This seems to be a finial, probably for a spear or banner. Alternately it could have topped a tent pole. Depicts a man holding two lions by the neck. The Master of Animals or Lord of Animals is a motif in ancient art showing a human between and grasping two confronted animals. It is very widespread in the art of the Ancient Near East and Egypt. The figure is normally male, but not always, the animals may be realistic or fantastical, and the figure may have animal elements such as horns, or an animal upper body. Unless he is shown with specific divine attributes, he is typically described as a hero, although what the motif represented to the cultures which created the works probably varies greatly. The motif is so widespread and visually effective that many depictions were probably conceived as decoration with only a vague meaning attached to them. The Master of Animals is the "favorite motif of Achaemenian official seals", but the figures in these cases should be understood as the king. Item Size: 4.5 inches Country or Region : Luristan, Ancient Persia Item Age: ~1000BCE Provenance: Ex Marcel Gibrat Collection purchased between 1965 and 1991 Authentication performed: Visual Inspection: PASSED Tactile Inspection: PASSED Olfactory Inspection: NA Aural Inspection: NA Microscopic Inspection: NOT PERFORMED Chemical Testing: NOT PERFORMED Certainty of Authenticity: HIGH CERTAINTY For more info do a search for "The Marcel Gibrat Collection" including the quote marks. Marcel Gibrat (Pictured working on a Greek Kylyx in the 1970s), my grandfather, was a Restorer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan and later owned a Madison Avenue Restoration Studio and Art Gallery one block from the Guggenheim Museum. From the 1960s to 1990s. Marcel was undoubtedly a genius and was, as far as I know, the only Restorer for the Met without a PhD. In fact he had a sixth grade education. He was also a talented painter. I’m Max Lewin the curator of what remains of Marcel’s extensive art collection, comprising ancient, tribal, Asian and European art. I have grown up around art and antiquities my entire life and am a student of history and ancient cultures. I worked with Marcel summers and in college. I have sold over 1000 items from his collection on eBay since 2003 with a 100% positive rating. Satisfaction guaranteed and returns accepted. Marcel began purchasing antiquities, tribal art, Asian art and European art beginning in the early to mid 1960s and many of the pieces in the collection were purchased at this time. He collected, restored, bought and sold high quality items for the better part of three decades, before falling ill and being unable to work in 1992. Marcel was an unquestioned expert in antiquities and all items in the collection from the ancient world are guaranteed to be authentic. Marcel also had a particular affinity for African tribal art, and while dating such items is problematic, he absolutely had impeccable taste. He started buying these items nearly sixty years ago when some of them were no doubt already quite old. He believed some to be from the 19th, 18th or even 17th century, and some of the items deemed important have in fact been sold for high ticket values at auction. Some of his opinions on provenance of tribal items have been challenged. There are also Asian items of various quality, and many fine and genuine items from primitive cultures including relatively contemporary ( a few hundred years old) and both neolithic and upper paleolithic items. Many of the items have archaeological markings. Provenance: Ownership History Available, Material: Bronze

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