Luristan Zoomorphic Pendant


An ancient Luristan cast bronze pendant of an ibex, portrayed recumbent with emphasized facial features, such as horns, eyes and ears. The pendant features a suspension loop to the animal’s neck for attachment. Such figurine 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.

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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 and the Kassites, 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. 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 10.9 g
Dimensions L 3 x H 2.2 cm



Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, item 43.102.16.

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