Luristan Bronze Openwork Bell Pendant

£ 175.00

A Luristan silvered bronze pendant featuring a globular body modelled in openwork technique. A specular motif of four coiled circles forms the body, from which a loop extends at the top, and a protruding lower nob. Circular knobs further enrich the pendant’s body. Some patination is visible.

Date: Circa 1800-600 BC
Provenance: Ex London Collection, formed between 1990-present.
Condition: Fine Condition


SKU: SA-20 Category: Tag:

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, 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. Cast spike-butted axes are hallmarks of Luristan bronze weaponry during the First Iron Age Period, between 1200 and 1000 BC. Most of Luristan bronze items have been recovered in funerary contexts.

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

Weight 19.9 g
Dimensions L 7.8 x W 2.2 cm



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