Luristan bronze comes from areas of modern day western Iran. In the ancient world it was settled by a number of peoples, such as the Medes, the Kassites, and eventually the Persians. Due to the nomadic nature of many of these civilisations, none of the Luristan bronzes were of great size, since it was required for them to be light and portable. Bronze statuettes depicting stylised human figures have been widely recovered from Luristan burials, sometimes modelled as pins’ finials or free standing. The pose of the figure here portrayed might be referred to a ceremonial or religious dance or to an act of devotion.
To discover more about the Luristan Empire, please visit our relevant blog post: The Luristan Empire: Beauty of Bronze.