Luristan Large Dress Pin


A large, Luristan dress pin made of bronze. It features a floral head; three blobs spaced around the centre of the calyx; and three trumpet-shaped projections below.

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

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SKU: AS-1786 Category: Tags: ,

The bronze pins reported from covert excavations in Western Persia, particularly Luristan, 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 Western Persia 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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