Luristan Bronze Bangle with Decorative Incised Marks


A substantial Luristan bronze penannular bangle formed from one continuous rod of thick metal. The bangle appears decorated with sections of incised marks and a dotted motif along the edges. The terminals appear 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.


Luristan bronze comes from the province of Lorestan, a region situated in the area of modern South-Western Iran. In ancient times a number of nomadic populations, such as the Medes, the Kassites and eventually the Persians, 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.

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

Weight 262 g
Dimensions L 9.9 x W 11.7 cm



Time Period

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

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