Luristan Statuette of an Ox


An ancient Luristan cast bronze figurine of an ox, portrayed standing on four shorts legs and wearing a thick collar. The figurine displays a dark, almost black, patina with areas of brow encrustations.

Date: Circa 1800-600 BC
Condition: Fine, with green patina and earthly encrustations to the surface.


SKU: LD-119 Category: Tags: ,

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. Statuettes of local fauna, such as this interesting example, have been largely recovered from Luristan burials.

To discover more about the Luristan Empire, please visit our relevant blog post: The Luristan Empire: Beauty of Bronze.

Weight 62.1 g
Dimensions L 4.9 x H 3.9 cm



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