A Luristan solid bronze figurine of an ibex. The figurine is finely crafted, showing details of the animal’s curving horns, ears, limbs, and facial features. The bronze features attractive green patination.
Date: Circa 1500-650 BC Condition: Very fine condition. There are some light encrustations on the bronze. The figurine is attached to a custom made base.
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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