An Anglo-Scandinavian cast copper-alloy terminal probably from a drinking horn dating to the eleventh century. The terminal has a hollow conical socket with three rivet holes at the attachment end. The socket is ribbed. At the top of the socket is an integral animal head shown in three dimension. The head is large, solid and in the form of a mythical creature, most likely a dragon. Length: 23 mm, Diameter: 10 mm.
A Greek Late Archaic Bronze Attachment in the Form of a Forepart of a Lion | Bronze, Archaic, late 6th-early 5th century B.C.E. The way in which the head and forepaws of the lion are disposed suggests that the object served as a finial or possibly a shield device.
Persian Roundel Achaemenid Period Reign of Artaxerxes II, ca. 404-359 B.C. This snarling winged lion worked in gold repoussé attests to the exceptional skill of Achaemenid goldsmiths. The back of the horned feline's body and the slender twisted cord that surrounds it bear sixteen tiny loops for attachment to a garment or textile.
Cauldron with griffin and siren attachments, ca. 8th–7th century B.C. Bronze. Cyprus, Salamis, Tomb 79. Department of Antiquities, Cyprus, SAL. T.79/202 | This object is featured in our #AssyriatoIberia exhibition on view through January 4, 2015. #Halloween