Cast silver statuette of a nude youth: standing upright with his elbows held close to his sides and forearms extended, the clenched fists pierced with vertical circular holes; long legs, positioned close together, the feet resting upon a small rectangular but plain stepped plinth; the figure is wearing a foil gilded high, stiff cap which projects in a roll over the forehead; the ears are pierced; flattened buttocks; head cast onto the body; sharp V-incision in the back of the cap indicating that this object was originally set against a sharp edged surface, also explaining the flattening of the buttocks. The seam around the edge of the headdress indicates where two sheets of gold foil have been burnished together.
- Highlights/COMPASS, Iranian Room 1975, G52 Ancient Iran 1995
- In Series
- Oxus Treasure
- Made Of
- silver, gold
- Type of Thing
- Exhibition History
2006 7 Mar-11 Jun, Barcelona, Fundacion La Caixa, 'L'imperi Oblidat'
2005-2006 Sept-Jan, London, BM, 'Forgotten Empire'
G52/IRAN/27, 17/11/95-Aug 2005.
G49/IRAN/27, 16 Jun-23 Dec 1994.
1990 28 Jun-23 Sep, Australia, Melbourne, Museum of Victoria, Civilization: Ancient Treasures from the British Museum, cat. no.17
1990 24 Mar-10 Jun, Australia, Canberra, National Gallery of Australia, Civilization: Ancient Treasures from the British Museum, cat. no.17
1989 Temporary display, BM, Room 35 (Hinton St Mary mosaic staircase)
Iranian Room [IR], OT case, no. 4, Jul 1975-ca 1990.
Persian Landing c/c, south-west, from 1958.
Room 20: Persian Room, 1931-ca 1939.
King Edward VII Building: Franks Display, 1923-1931.
Gold Ornament Room, 1900-.
- gilded, cast, chased, pierced
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