Luristan Bronze Openwork Bell Pendant


A fine Luristan bronze pendant in the form of an openwork bell displaying a beautiful deep green lustre. The piece features a central band decorated by alternating knobs, from which three bars extend and meet at the extremities, forming an oval shape. A small suspension loop features at the top, whilst the bottom presents a disk-headed terminal.

Date: Circa 1st Millenium BC
Condition: Fine condition, some signs of iron corrosion on the surface.

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SKU: MG-154 Category: Tags: ,

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.

Openwork bell-shaped ornamentations, such as this example, were made to fit anywhere on a horse-harness, not just to feature as pendants from a neck-band as in the case for larger bells. Mostly displaying openwork techniques, pendants of this type have been recovered in various shapes and sizes, sometimes featuring zoomorphic decorations. Though it is difficult to establish a date of origin, bell-shaped ornamentations were manufactured during the Iron Age I and II and widely distributed in both the Luristan and Gilan provinces.


Weight 14.5 g
Dimensions L 7.1 x W 2.8 cm



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