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Winged Ibex Vessel Handle

Winged Ibex Vessel Handle

This winged ibex was a handle for a metal amphora-shaped vessel, made in the 4th century BCE in Achaemenid Persia. This high level of detail was achieved through the use of lost-wax technique.

It has been suggested that this piece of art resembles both the god Bes and the Greek god Silenus, which may indicate that a Greek artisan made this piece of art.

Louvre Museum, Paris. Sully wing, ground floor, Room 12a.

H: 27cm
W: 15 cm
D: 10cm

Photo by Jan van der Crabben (Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike).

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