A Luristan solid bronze figurine of an animal, possibly a dog. The figurine is small, with defined legs, ears, and tail. It is pierced for suspension, so may have been worn as an amulet. The bronze features attractive green and brown patination.
Date: Circa 1500-650 BC Condition: Fine condition, complete and intact with some patination to the surface. Mounted on a custom made stand.
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. Archaeologists have found enough bronze in the region to suggest it wasn’t a particularly expensive material, and that these objects would have belonged to people with a variety of economic backgrounds.
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