Lot 2326: Western Asiatic Central Asian Perm Kama Figural Plaque
December 9, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 1st millennium BC. A large and ornate openwork cast bronze plaque or mount depicting, to the centre, an anthropomorphic figure with shoulder-length hair and downturned mouth, wearing a tunic and trousers; above the head, a disc with human facial features, flanked by small anthropomorphs; the central figure's feet claw-like, standing on the bodies of two long-necked dragons; the arms outstretched, with fringed sleeves, a staff in each hand; to the reverse, two loops for attachment. See Rieff Anawalt, P. Shamanic Regalia in the Far North, London, 2014. 181 grams, 17cm (6 1/2"). Property of a Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK collector; formerly in a Russian private collection, formed in the 1950s. Objects such as these were created by the Finno-Ugric peoples who inhabited the north-east of Russia during the Iron Age. The culture is notable for its metal sculptures from the Kama valley, dated to the first millennium BC, and on the basis of the zoomorphic motifs used on these sculptures all the artefacts in the collection are classified as Perm or Kama Animal Style. The pieces were created for use by shamans who acted as healers and wise men, and women, for the community. The iconography of the pieces relate to the spirit world that the shaman entered during ceremonies. [No Reserve]
Condition Report: Very fine condition.