Kallos Gallery

A Persian Bronze Mask

Iran, circa 10th – 8th century BC

A Persian Bronze Mask

Iran, circa 10th – 8th century BC

This mask appears to be unique in style, and is highly stylised with the sculptor utilising strong sweeping lines juxtaposed with a long and striking perpendicular nose. The eyes are cut out and set with white marble, the pupils drilled originally for inlay probably in black stone or glass. each ear is pierced three times in a fashion seen in amlash and luristan bronze sculpture indicating that this mask may have originated in north-west Iran.

There is a related stylised mask with cut out eyes and a small mouth in les musées Barbier-mueller, inv.no.242–5; J.l. Zimmerman, Art Antique dans les collections du Musée Barbier-Mueller, 1991, pl. 19.

UK private collection, acquired from Rabi Gallery, London, 1981

Back to top