Luristan Amulet of a Horse

£ 300.00

An ancient Luristan cast bronze figurine of a horse, portrayed standing on four shorts legs and featuring a pierced hole for suspension. The animal’ facial and anatomical features are rendered in a stylised manner. Such figurine might have been worn as part of a necklace or bracelet with amuletic or decorative purposes.

Date: Circa 1800-600 BC
Condition: Fine, with green patina and earthly encrustations to the surface.


SKU: LD-118 Category: Tags: , ,

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. Statuettes of local fauna, such as this interesting example, have been largely recovered from Luristan burials. Horses especially, were considered animals of enormous importance in nomadic cultures.

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

Weight 24.1 g
Dimensions L 4.2 x H 3.5 cm



You may also like…