Achaemenid ibex by Unknown Artist

This droll sculpture of an ibex is characterised by the high level of stylisation - especially in the eyebrows and beard - typical of Achaemenian art of the 5th century.


Details

Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
27.5 x 9.5 x 25.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£20,000 ( Total: £100,000)
Acquired in:
1988

It is also fitted with two slots at the base perhaps for attachment to a piece of furniture. From 559 BC to 330 BC, the Achaemenid Persians ruled much of the Near East. A warrior aristocracy, they held sovereignty over the largely agricultural inhabitants of upland Iran and controlled a large area extending as far to the east as north western India until the empire was conquered by Alexander the Great.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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