650 BCE-600 BCE
7th century BCE
116.8 cm (46 in.)
Middle East, Urartia
Medium and Support:
Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1983
The object originates from the ancient culture of Urartu that flourished in present-day Armenia from about 860 BCE to 590 BCE. The Urartians excelled in metalwork, the best examples of which are found in belts like the work presented here. These wide bronze strips were probably sewn to a leather backing and worn as personal decoration.
The Blanton’s belt features three horizontal rows of animals and human figures. A chariot with two horses and two figures chases a springing lion, which chases a mounted figure carrying a spear, which chases a galloping bull, which chases a mounted figure carrying a shield. Animal motifs like these inspired ancient Greek art during the eighth and seventh centuries BCE.