An ancient Luristan bronze statuette of a male figure, possibly a worshipper, portrayed standing with his hands held to his head. The figure is shown wearing a thick belt and an elaborate headpiece. Facial and anatomical features are rendered in a stylised manner, with emphasized eyes, nose and mouth.
Date: Circa 1800-600 BC Condition: Fine, with green patina and earthly encrustations to the surface.
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.
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