Historical period(s)
Iron Age II - III, ca. 1000-500 BCE
Copper alloy Hammered, chased, and repoussé
H x W x D: 22.3 x 22.3 x 1.6 cm (8 3/4 x 8 3/4 x 5/8 in)
Northwest Iran
Credit Line
Gift of Arthur M. Sackler
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


Iran, Iron Age II (ca. 1250 - 800 BCE), Iron Age III (ca. 800 - 500 BCE)
Provenance research underway.

The exterior of the disk depicts a winged male figure taming gazelles and a lion. This theme, the "master of the animals," has a long history in the ancient art of southwest Asia. It signified domination over wild or evil forces and suggests the function of the disk, perhaps a device for decorating a shield made of leather, metal, or wood. The disk was attached to another material by nails driven through the holes around the circumference.

Published References
  • et al. Asian Art in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: The Inaugural Gift. Washington, 1987. cat. 2, p. 28.
  • Trudy S. Kawami, John Olbrantz. Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth: Ancient Near Eastern Art from American Collections. Exh. cat. Seattle, Washington. cat. 21, p. 103.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Near Eastern Art
Web Resources
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