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                                                                                                                                          A Symbol of Power

                                                                                      Lion head                                          A Symbol of Power

                                                                                                                                     This magnificent bracelet was part of the Ziwiye treasure,

                                                                                                                                       which was found in Western Asia. It probably belonged to

                                                                                                                                        a powerful ruler. Let us look at what makes it so special.

                                                                                                                                                      Lion heads:
                                                                                                                                                       Lion heads:
                   Western Asia
                                                                                                                                              These fearsome creatures are

                                                                                                                                             guarding their cubs. Lion motifs

                                                                                                    Gold                                     were often used as a symbol of
                                                                                                                                              protection. Perhaps they were

                                                                                                                                                 protecting the wearer too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Lion cubs:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Lion cubs:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The central part of the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   bracelet has four lion

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cubs; each pair is linked
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           to one lion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Precious metal:
           Lion’s mane                                                                                                                                                                                Precious metal:

                                                                                                                                                                                             The thick, heavy bangle is made out

                                                                                                                                                                                              of solid gold. This rare metal was a

                              Lion cubs                                                                                                                                                        sign of wealth, status and power.

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