Selection of Engraved Luristan Dress Pins

Three finely engraved Luristan bronze pins, featuring very thin bodies, all of which taper towards their pointed ends. These pins – all of varying lengths and shades – have been decorated with beautifully delicate incisions. This is includes incised circular bands wrapped neatly around each pin and precise diagonal lines, chevrons and other geometric designs. Beautiful green and brown patination now covers the exterior of these pins, as well as some earthly encrustations. INDIVIDUALLY PRICED.

Period: Circa 8th century BC
Condition: Fine 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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Reference: For a similar item see The Met Collection, Item 49.78.03

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