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Wild Ass Head- or Onager(?) Head-shaped Finial

7th century BCE - early 6th century BCE
12.1 x 2.2 x 7 cm (4 3/4 x 7/8 x 2 3/4 in.)

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Stylized animal head with long pointed ears (ass or mule or onager?), cast hollow to fit over a pole-top and held in place by a tenon through the holes in the lower sides of the neck; there is a loop under the jaw.

Art Oriental, Chambre syndicale de la Curiosité et des Beaux Arts (Paris, 1925), cat. no. 9, p. 7.

Ausstellung chinesischer Kunst (Berlin, 1929), cat. no. 127, p. 75.

Cambridge Ancient History, Plates, Vol. III (New York, Cambridge, 1930), Pl. facing p. 88, fig. b.

A. Salmony, Sino-Siberian Art in the Collection of C. T. Loo (Paris, 1933), p. 31, Pl. V, 1.

Exhibition of Persian Art, 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).

Handbook of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Harvard University (Washington, DC, 1955), no. 59.

Handbook of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Harvard University (Washington, DC, 1967), no. 89.

Exhibition History
Paris, Chambre syndicale de la Curiosité et des Beaux Arts, "Art Oriental," May 4-31, 1925.

Berlin, "Ausstellung chinesischer Kunst," Jan. 12 - Apr. 2, 1929.

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
Found in the Crimea (Cimmerian Bosphorus).

Collection of the Comte de Massoneau?

Collection of C. T. Loo, Paris.

Purchased from Charles Vignier (1863-1934), Paris, November 1923.

Mildred Barnes and Robert Woods Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks.

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Byzantine Collection, Washington, D.C., November 1940.