The Treasury - Ancient Near Eastern Art


13045. EARLY ACHAEMENID BRONZE FURNITURE LEG. c. 513 BC. Heavy, near solid cast bronze furniture leg in the form of a goat or ibex leg. The top hollow with an attachment tenon. The surface chased throughout and ornamented with visible vein structures of the same style of those of the limestone sculptures of Persepolis. Excellent condition commensurate with age and wear. Height is 13 inches (33 cm.), 8 lb. 7.2 oz. (3.8 kg). Currently detached from black marble base.

Provenance: A private New York collection. Purchased by the father of the current owner November 28, 1966 in Paris. Accompanied by the original signed sales document. Also comes with a 1979 Oxford TL test dating a piece of the interior casting mold to 3000-1950 yrs. which gives the most likely date of manufacture as c. 513 BC. Also 1984 and 1985 technical reports and atomic spectroscopy analyses and commentary from the Harvard University Fogg Art Museum Center for Conservation and Technical Studies. Also a 1995 letter from Dr. Marion True, Curator of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum indicating there seems to be no doubt as to its age.

Price on request.