Disc-headed pin

Disc-headed pin
Luristan (Iran)
Iron Age, 10th - 7th cent. BCE
Bronze ; 22 x 10,2 cm

In 1938, disc-headed pins were discovered in a small temple at Surkh Dum-i Luri in Luristan, Iran. This pin may be from the same temple. They were votive offerings hidden in the walls and under the floors of the building. Some are decorated with floral or animal motifs, others display religious and mythological scenes. Although some show similarities with familiar Near Eastern representations, in the absence of textual sources from Iron Age Luristan it is difficult to interpret them. The religious rituals and local divinities remain unknown to us. This hammered and engraved disc-headed pin shows two lions on either side of a goddess with palm branches in her hands. The disproportionately large head with braided hair - more than a third of the figure - is particularly striking.

 

Discover this masterpiece on the online museum catalogue Carmentis, in the book Masterpieces and in our Near-East en Iran galleries.