Selection of Luristan Bronze Zoomorphic Appliqués


Three finely cast Luristan bronze appliqués of zoomorphic figures with delicate designs. Each feature a single loop on the reverse for suspension, now blocked. A and B are of similar shape, displaying curved wings and a fanned tail, possibly representing a bird’s body. Their heads are diamond-shaped with a horizontal striped pattern. Some incisions are displayed along the wings, adding to the feather effect. C is shaped like a duck, featuring a short bill and plump body. There are five carved circles on the surface, each has a hole to the centre, one of which is presented as an eye. Appliqués such as these examples would have been affixed to garments of clothing as decoration. Some patination to the surface is visible. INDIVIDUALLY PRICED.

Date: Circa 1900 - 1600 BC
Provenance: Provenance: Ex Japanese private collection, 1970-2010.
Condition: Good 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.


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