A finely modelled ancient Luristan cast bronze pendant featuring two ibexes’ head, each projecting from one side of the pendant. The ibexes’ body is rendered in the shape of two thick bronze hoops. A further loop to the top for suspension. The animal’s facial features are precisely rendered in a stylised manner. Such pendant might have been worn as part of a necklace or bracelet with amuletic or decorative purposes.
Date: Circa 1800-600 BC Condition: Fine, with green patina and earthly encrustations to the surface.
Luristan bronze comes from areas of modern day western Iran. In the ancient world it was settled by a number of peoples, such as the Medes, the Kassites, and eventually the Persians. Due to the nomadic nature of many of these civilisations, none of the Luristan bronzes were of great size, since it was required for them to be light and portable. Statuettes of local fauna, such as this interesting example, have been largely recovered from Luristan burials.
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