Luristan Bronze Zoomorphic Pendant

£ 150.00

An ancient Luristan cast bronze statuette of a zoomorphic creature, possibly a cow. The pendant displays a distinctive design: a large animal is stylistically portrayed, with large, protruding ears and standing on its four short limbs. Its uniqueness is in the animal seen holding another creature, perhaps its calf, in its mouth. The piece also features a large suspension loop, placed above the bovine’s back. The pendant is now covered in beautiful green and brown patination. Such a figurine might have been worn as part of a necklace or bracelet with amuletic or decorative purposes.

Date: Circa 1st Millennium BC
Condition: Fine condition.


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Luristan objects are for the majority bronze cast items decorated with bronze sculptures and there have been many discovered in the Lorestān Province. This includes many weapons, tools and finials along with small amulets and fittings. The decorative technique is predominately openwork with Scythian art influences. However, the identity of those who created these fine pieces are still unknown to this day. Animals were often featured as decorations, they ranged from mammals such as ibexes and large bird to zoomorphic creatures including griffins. A prime and popular example is the Master of Animals which usually depicts a man or women holding animals or just the animals themselves facing each other on finials or standards. This imagery can be seen across the Mesopotamian civilisations. Everyday objects were also desired which included pins and bracelets. Most of the Luristan bronze items have been recovered in funerary contexts, suggesting they had a ceremonial function.

 To find out more about metalwork in Luristan please see our relevant blog post: The Luristan Empire: Beauty of Bronze.

Weight 10.85 g
Dimensions L 3.4 x W 1.8 x H 2.5 cm



Reference: For a similar item, please see: The Met Collection, Item accession number 64.99

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