Luristan Bronze Double-Headed Zoomorphic Pendant


A Luristan cast bronze statuette of a double-headed zoomorphic figure. The animal is portrayed in a stylised manner, with two heads facing opposite directions connected by a long neck. A long muzzle and two ears are visible either end with a suspension loop at the top. Such a figurine might have been worn as part of a necklace or bracelet with protective or decorative purposes. Some patination and earthly encrustation cover the surface.

Date: Circa 1st Millenium BC
Provenance: Ex SM London collection, acquired 1970-99.
Condition: Fine condition, with earthy encrustations and patination on the surface.


SKU: MG-274 Category: Tags: ,

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

Weight 6.75 g
Dimensions L 4.7 x H 3.4 cm



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