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ARTEMIS GALLERY Russian Perm Animal Style Bronze Knife Handle - 10th C.

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Seller: artemisgallery (681) 100%, Location: Louisville, CO, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381845108829 Russian Perm Animal Style Bronze Knife Handle - 10th C. Russia, Perm region, Perm Animal Style (Permian Animal Style), ca. 10th century CE. A bronze knife handle in the form of an ungulate - a female Siberian musk deer? - perched atop a long, slightly widening handle with geometric decorations. This ends in a trio of narrow bands and leads down into a smoother section (see condition description). Aside from its obvious beauty - the animal is lively and well depicted, and the form is aesthetically pleasing - the piece is interesting archaeologically and culturally. You can see the remains of leather or some other organic material inside of the lower part of the piece; other, similar finds have had leather packed inside the hollow bronze handle. The animal subject is also fascinating - as I discuss below, most of these functional pieces of art from the Perm culture focus on predators in the act of eating or sometimes hunting their prey. This piece shows a prey animal that seems to be caught in the act of running from a predator - legs close together, caught in mid leap, clearly moving with speed, but with the head twisted around to look behind it and see whatever is chasing it. Scholars have interpreted the use of predators on personal items to indicate that the people wearing these items identified with their power and prowess; what would it mean to the person who owned this knife handle to want to show a deer in the act of being hunted? Comes with custom stand. Size: 4.55" L x 1.3" W (11.6 cm x 3.3 cm) #117680 Condition: The decorated part of the handle has a slight loss to the back of the animal's head, but is otherwise in good condition, with very clear form and design showing through a smooth green patina. The undecorated part of the handle seems to have been slightly miscast or recast and the bronze has an interesting shape. This tapers to an area of rougher patina with the remains of leather inside (see below). Provenance: Ex-Priavte LA County collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. All items come with a Certificate of Authenticity

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