Luristan Zoomorphic Statuette


A finely cast bronze Luristan figurine of a bovid, perhaps a bull, with naturally rendered anatomical features including projecting horns that curve towards the sky. The right side of the face has slight damage from over time. Green patination and earthly encrustation cover the surface.

Date: Circa 1800 - 1600 BC
Condition: Good Condition


SKU: SA-64 Category: Tags: ,

Luristan bronze comes from the province of Lorestan, a region situated in the in the Zagros Mountains. In ancient times a number of nomadic populations, such as the Medes, the Kassites and eventually the Persians, settled in the area. Due to the nomadic nature of the tribes, none of the Luristan bronzes were of great size, since it was required for them to be light and portable. Their artwork mainly comprises ornaments, vessels and weapons. Cast spike-butted axes are hallmarks of Luristan bronze weaponry during the First Iron Age Period, between 1200 and 1000 BC. Most of Luristan bronze items have been recovered in funerary contexts.

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

Weight 7.8 g
Dimensions L 2.2 x W 1.2 cm



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