Double-headed ibex pin

800–600 B.C.E.

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas, United States

Ornamental bronze pins are another example of Luristanian bronze work employing animal imagery. The Dallas Museum of Art ram-headed example was cast by the lost-wax method in five pieces (each pair of horns, each animal head, and the pin itself). Horizontal pins appear as often as vertical pins in Iranian art and were probably used to pin large sections of garments together. The double curve of the two pairs of animal horns is especially elegant.


  • Title: Double-headed ibex pin
  • Date Created: 800–600 B.C.E.
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 2 5/8 x 8 3/16 x 1 1/4 in. (6.668 x 20.798 x 3.175 cm)
  • Type: Jewelry
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/3178734/
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Association Purchase

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