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Pectoral in the Shape of a Feline

5th century BCE
6.2 cm x 9.2 cm (2 7/16 in. x 3 5/8 in.)
bronze covered with electrum sheath

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This is a bronze tiger or lioness with a stylized eagle head on its shoulder. It is covered with a leaf of electrum. The eyes, nose, and mouth are evident on the head, which turns to the right; lines indicate toes and perhaps muscles on the legs.

Exposition d'Art Oriental, Chambre Syndicale de la Curiosité et des beaux-arts (Paris, 1925), cat. no. 8, p. 7, pl. X.

C. Vignier in Arethuse, April, 1925, Pl. X, 1; p. 58.

Cambridge Ancient History, Plates, Lov. III, 1930, Pl. facing p. 86, fig. c.

A. Salmony, Sino-Siberian Art in the Collection of C. T. Loo (Paris, 1933), p. 43: "nearly identical replica of . . . gilded animal found at Simferopol." See also Commentary.

Exhibition of Persian Art, Cat. 2nd ed., Iranian Institute (New York, 1940), p. 426.

Bulletin of the Fogg Museum of Art, Vol. X, No. 4, Dec. 1945 (reproduction p. 120).

Exhibition History
Paris, Chambre Syndicale de la Curiosité et des beaux-arts, "Exposition d'Art Oriental," Aug. 4 - May 31, 1925.

New York, Iranian Institute, "Exhibition of Persian Art," 1940.

Cambridge, Fogg Museum, "A Selection of Ivories, Bronzes, Metalwork and Other Objects from the Dumbarton Oaks Collection," Nov. 15 - Dec. 31, 1945.

Acquisition History
Said to be from the Crimea (Cimmerian Bosphorus).

Collection du Comte de Massoneau.

Purchased from Vignier, Paris.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks.

Harvard University, The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, November 1940.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Byzantine Collection, Washington, D.C.