Group of 3 Luristan Cast Bronze Ibex, Circa 1000 BC
A charming trio of near-identical cast bronze ibexes, each with high, back-curving horns and a short, upright tail. Each ibex looks spritely, as if ready to spring forward, and has a loop on the back of the neck, so they were probably made to be worn as pendants or hung decoratively. The ibex was a sacred figure associated with fertility and virility, and the animals appear frequently in Luristani art. Each is a fine example of the skill of Luristani bronze casters.