Object type

mount; tent band


Islamic; Middle Eastern; Persian; Iranian; Qajar

Place Associated

Asia, Middle East, Iran (place of manufacture)


18th to 19th century


bronze, silver


overall: 74 mm x 113 mm x 113 mm 670 g


Brass tent band inlayed with silver. The aptly chosen subjects for its decoration consists of six arched niches each holding a scene: a bear wandering; an elephant walking; a hunter with a hawk sitting on his arm; a rider on a galloping horse; a lion dominating a wolf; and an archer stretching his bow with an arrow. At the bottom corner of each niche stands a hunter with a gun in his hand; and below each niche is a band of inscrptions, every vertical letter of which is crowned with a human face. At the top edge of the band and filling in the space between the arches are a variety of flying creatures: a pair of owls separate the bear and the elephant; a hoopoe separates the bear and the lion/wolf scene; a moth separates the lion/wolf and the archer; a bee separates the archer and rider; and another two moths separate the rider and the hunter with his hawk, and the elephant.

Credit Line/Donor

Gifted by Sir William and Lady Burrell to the City of Glasgow, 1944


Burrell Collection: Persian and Syrian Items [including Luristan Bronzes]

ID Number



Burrell Collection

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