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Title: Deer in Art, Life and Death in Northwestern Iran
Author(s): KAWAMI, Trudy S.
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 40    Date: 2005   
Pages: 107-131
DOI: 10.2143/IA.40.0.583203

Abstract :
The impetus for the following observations began with the return of two small (3.8 x 4.4 cm) plaques, to the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation from a university where these archaeological orphans had been on loan for many years. Each patterned plaque, assumed to derive from Northwestern Iran, is ornamented with the repoussé figure of a stag. The edges of each plaque and the body of each stag are outlined by a broad hatched band that also fills the spaces between the forelegs and the hind legs. The thick gold sheet was crimped over a bronze backing now substantially lost. To restore some archaeological and cultural context to these plaques I followed the stag, like St. Hubertus.

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