Luristan Bronze Bangle with Decorative Incised Marks


A substantial 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. The terminals appear to be modelled as stylised zoomorphic heads, with incised features such as wide-open eyes.

Date: Circa 10th-8th Century BC
Provenance: Ex Robin Symes gallery, Mayfair London, acquired pre 1999.
Condition: Extremely fine, with signs of aging and green patina to the surface.


SKU: CS-112 Category: Tags: , ,

Luristan bronze comes from the province of Lorestan, a region situated in the Zagros Mountains. In ancient times a number of nomadic populations, such as the Medes and the Kassites, settled in the area. Due to the nomadic nature of the tribes, none of the Luristan bronzes were of great size, since it was required for them to be light and portable. Their artwork mainly comprises ornaments, vessels and weapons. Most of Luristan bronze items have been recovered in funerary contexts, suggesting that such weapons would have been used not only in everyday life but also with ceremonial purposes.

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

Weight 275.8 g
Dimensions W 12.3 x H 10.3 cm



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

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