Art Institute Announces Major Long-Term Loan of Ancient Near Eastern Statuette


CHICAGO, IL.- The Art Institute of Chicago announced a major long-term loan of a work of great significance: a copper statue called Striding Horned Figure (Shaman/Demon) believed to have been made 5,000 years ago, at the dawn of the third millennium B.C. in the area of modern southwest Iran. The statue depicts a bearded male figure wearing a horned headdress and short boots with upturned toes, with the body of a raptor over its shoulders. The figure may represent a supernatural intermediary between the earthly and spiritual worlds. The work, which had been previously been on loan to the Brooklyn Museum of Art for more than 50 years, is one of a pair of virtually identical figures, the companion belonging to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New