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Finial in Form of "Master of Animals", Iran, Luristan, 11th century B.C.-7th century B.C., middle to late Iron Age. Bronze; height: 7.25 in, 18.41 cm; width: 2 in, 5.08 cm. Funds from George Berger bequest by exchange, 1963.7 © Denver Art Museum.

Animal-adorned finials like this have been unearthed from the sites of both shrines and tombs. They are unique to the Luristan region of western Iran, and, having been made by the lost wax technique, no two are exactly the same. This is a typically decorative example with the two faces on the tube flanked by dragon and cock-like heads.