Luristan Bronze Garment Pin


A Luristan cast bronze garment pin featuring a flat cap followed by an ovoid shaped head decorated with raised knobs resembling a poppy plant. Three trumpet-shaped projections are displayed below. Faint incised horizontal bands underneath the trumpet-shaped projections are still visible underneath the patination and encrustations. The piece has been mounted on a custom made stand for display, some patination to the surface.

Date: Circa 8th - 7th Century BC
Provenance: Ex SM London collection, acquired 1970-99.
Condition: Fine condition.


SKU: AG-53 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 the Near East 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. Such decorative simple items of fashion were used to fasten the clothes of the ancients before the invention of fibulae (brooches).

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

Weight 45.1 g
Dimensions L 15.5 x W 2.4 cm



Reference: For a similar item,The Metropolitan Museum, item 43.102.24

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