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Fragment of a Lion Head, Achaemenid period (550-330 BC). Creator: Unknown

Fragment of a Lion Head, Achaemenid period (550-330 BC). Creator: Unknown


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Fragment of a Lion Head, Achaemenid period (550-330 BC). Creator: Unknown

Fragment of a Lion Head, Achaemenid period (550-330 BC)

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4th Century Bc 5th Century Bc 6th Century Bc Achaemenian Achaemenid Buff Fragment Iran Iranian Lion Middle Eastern Near East Persia Persian Typical Western Asia Burnished Lion Head


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This fragment of a lion head hails from the Achaemenid period of ancient Iran, spanning from the 6th to the 4th century BC. The exact origin and creator of this artifact remain unknown, but it is believed to have been produced during the height of the Persian Empire. The lion, a symbol of power and strength, was a common motif in Achaemenid art, reflecting the imperial might and grandeur. The lion head is depicted in a typical Achaemenid style, with a buff, burnished ceramic surface and intricate details. The lion's mane is rendered in relief, with each strand meticulously defined. The eyes are inlaid with a darker material, possibly bronze or metal, adding depth and realism to the piece. The lion's mouth is slightly open, as if roaring, exuding a sense of fierce energy. This fragment is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the Middle East and the artistic achievements of the Achaemenid Empire. It is now part of the collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), where it continues to inspire and educate visitors about the ancient world and its enduring influence on modern art and culture. The fragment serves as a reminder of the connections that bind us to the past, and the importance of preserving and celebrating our shared cultural heritage.

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