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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2004.196
Title
Straight Pin
Classification
Jewelry
Work Type
pin
Date
10th-8th century BCE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Asia, Luristan (Iran)
Period
Iron Age
Culture
Iranian
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/54952
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Bronze
Technique
Cast, lost-wax process
Dimensions
21 cm (8 1/4 in.)
Technical Details

Chemical Composition: XRF data from Artax 1
Alloy: Bronze
Alloying Elements: copper, tin
Other Elements: lead, silver, arsenic
K. Eremin, January 2014


XRF data from Tracer
Alloy: Bronze
Alloying Elements: copper, tin
Other Elements: lead, iron, silver, arsenic, antimony
K. Eremin, January 2014

Technical Observations: The patina of these pins (164.1972, 1969.190, 1992.256.69, 1992.256.120, and 2004.196) is green with areas of dark green and red. Some burial accretions are present. The decorative top and the rod shape of the pins were probably cast using an indirect lost-wax technique. It is likely that the tapering point of each pin was refined by hammering. Finer details in the decorative tops may also include punching, such as the chevron lines in 2004.196. The soft fluid shapes of 164.1972 probably indicate direct work on the wax model.


Henry Lie (submitted 2011)

Provenance
From the collection of Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Benjamin and Lilian Hertzberg
Accession Year
2004
Object Number
2004.196
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Subjects and Contexts

Ancient Bronzes

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