A large number of vases in the form of animals, arms and figures in bronze, as well as items of silverware, which were said to have come from the Iranian site of Amlash, appeared in antique shops around 1960. It was soon discovered that Amlash was only the village where clandestine diggers sold antiquities they found in a region of green hills overlooking the south-west of the Caspian Sea, the major site of which is Marlik.
Archaeological digs were started by Professor Negahban who had discovered a royal necropolis with a culture that can be attributed to Iranian invaders from the Gorgan plain, to the south-west of the Caspian sea. These invaders had mixed with the native people who transmitted to them the traditions of the leading civilizations of western Asia, from the 13th century B.C. onwards. The two populations merged and created a highly original art.
These bronzes point to a metallurgical industry that flourished thanks to neighbouring deposits in the Caucasian region and the centre of the Iranian plateau. The favourite subjects of the bronze artists of this region were mountain animals, especially deer, because it was believed they symbolized the invigorating power of divinity.
Base change for the bronze version on September 1st: the next editions will have a black metal base.
Reproduction in hand patinated resin
Reproduction in bronze with patina
- H. 20 L. 6 P. 3 cm (Resin)/ H. 7.87" W. 2.36" D. 1.18" - 1.10 lbs
Base : H. 2 L. 6 P. 3 cm / H. 0.79" W. 2.36" D. 1.18"
H. 15 L. 10 P. 4,5 cm (Bronze) / H. 5.91" W. 3.94" D. 1.77" - 1.54 lbs
Base : H. 2 L. 10 P. 4,5 cm / H. 0.79" W. 3.94" D. 1.77"
- Northern Iran
- Material of the original
- 13th to 12th century B.C.
- Paris - Musée des Arts asiatiques–Guimet
- Resin, Bronze
- Art movement
- Oriental Antiquities