Luristan Large Dress Pin


A large Luristan dress pin made of bronze, featuring a long narrow pointed pin. It further features a floral head comprising of three blobs spaced around the centre of the calyx; and three trumpet-shaped projections below. The item is covered with beautiful green patinations, attesting to the antiquity of the item

Date: Circa 8th - 7th Century BC
Condition: Very good bronze with surface encrustations.


SKU: AS-1786 Category: Tags: ,

The bronze pins reported from covert excavations in  the Luristan empire region, surpass the tools and weapons of the area. They are superior both in terms of quantity, and in the variety of form and decoration. The pin-makers of Western Persia took their inspiration from the local flora and fauna, though it is difficult to determine precisely which fruits, flowers, or animals were used in the decoration. That said, the most common sources of artistic inspiration in both Greece and the Middle East seem to have been the poppy and pomegranate.

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

Weight 68.6 g
Dimensions L 15.7 x W 6 cm



Reference: For similar example see item 302 PRS Moorey: Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmoleon Museum. Such decorative simple items of fashion were used to fasten the clothes of the ancients before the invention of fibulae (brooches).

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