Bronze Sculpture of a Goat

SKU FZ.117
Circa

1200 BC to 700 BC

Dimensions

8″ (20.3cm) high

Medium

Bronze

Origin

Syria

Gallery Location

UAE


 

Crafted in a vigorous abstract style, this superb creature probably served a ritual purpose. The slot in his back and the hinged opening on his belly suggest that he was meant to contain something which could be retrieved at a later point, much as a modern piggy bank or ballot box might. Though his exact function remains a mystery, it is clear that an early bronze of this size and splendor was a rare and costly treasure in its own time: in our age, it is even more so.

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