Luristan Bronze Bangle with Decorative Incised Patterns

£ 175.00

A fine Luristan bronze penannular bangle formed from one continuous rod of thick metal. The bangle has been decorated with patterned sections of incised marks and dotted motifs along the edges.

Date: Circa 10th-8th Century BC
Condition: Very fine, with signs of ageing and green patination to the surface.


SKU: CS-295 Category: Tags: ,

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

Weight 161.6 g
Dimensions W 9.4 x H 8.2 cm



Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, item number 1980.225.5

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