Luristan Finial - Replica of Sigmund Freud's Bronze Figurine by Martha Todd
Exclusive to the Freud Museum, a unique replica of the bronze Luristan Finial (Iran, Iron Age II) that sits on Sigmund Freud's desk.
This Luristan bronze finial representing the 'Master of Animals', is a Janus-style piece with a face appearing on both sides of the head. Janus was the Roman god with two faces, often seen as the protector of homes. Freud was intensely interested in the use of totems in ancient forms of religion. Luristan bronze objects such as this have been interpreted as deities, household cult figures, totems, and talismans. Many were found in tombs and burial sites, but besides this fact there is really no evidence of their meaning. It is also not known whether they had non-funerary functions.
All figurines are individually made and will vary slightly.
Martha's interpretation of Freud’s Luristan bronze finial was originally sculpted in clay, then moulded and cast in bronze filled jesmonite.
Height if the Figurine: 9cm
Height of the Base: 3.5cm
Packed in a cotton gift bag
Martha Todd RCA MA is an artist working from her studio in North London. Her work is often conceptual and normally involves sculpting figurative forms, both human and animal. She makes work for exhibitions and on commission.