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Islamic Seljuq Bronze Key with Bird Group Applique, 11th-12th Century AD

Rare Seljuk bronze key with an eagle standing on the back of a rooster while pecking at the head of its prey. The rooster has a small crest and protruding eyes.

Birds play an important role in the Seljuk decorative repertoire, and in this case they probably evoke a demonstration of power.

Cast into a two-piece mold and showing a casting seam.

Rare piece. Surface slightly corroded. The rooster’s tail feathers, which would connect to the eagle’s tail, are broken off. Bottom pins missing.

L. 9.1 cm (3.7 in)

Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 19.10.1950 sale, lot no. 25.
Thereafter Coll. John Woodman Higgins (1874-1961), founder of the Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester.

480 USD

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