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.
Achaemenid ibex by Unknown Artist, 5th4th century BC
© British Museum
- 27.5 x 9.5 x 25.5 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £20,000 ( Total: £100,000)
- Acquired in:
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.