Bronze Female Pendant Figurine
Western or Northwestern Iran
1200 – 650 BC
Donated by: Dr. Victoria Levene
This is a female pendant-figurine made of bronze from Western or Northwestern Iran during the Iron Age, which according to modern archaeology occurred in the Ancient Near East beginning around 1200 BC.
The standing woman wears a long belted garment with a heavy rolled collar or shawl. Her hair is arranged in two large curls above her forehead. A disk-shaped object seems to have been set into the curve of her left arm. In her right hand, she holds an object with three spreading prongs. Perhaps it is a trident or some sort of weapon! Recently, archaeologists have discovered remains of Iranian female warriors that date back to about the same time as this statue.
This time period corresponds with the Classical Era of the region, in which tribes from Asia congregated, eventually unifying into the Median Empire in the 700s B.C. Iran was part of the Persian Empire and Iranian art and architecture is still frequently described as “Persian.”