Luristan Bronze Kohl Pot


A finely cast Luristan bronze kohl pot featuring a globular body decorated with a raised band and slanted grooves. The container stands on three cast bronze tripod-legs from which its body rises and curves into a slightly pronounced shoulder. The vessel narrows further into a cylindrical neck with a raised collar and splays out into a flat rim. A green patination and some earthy encrustations remain on the surface.

Date: Circa 10th-8th Century BC
Condition: Fine condition.


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.

A wide range of bronze toilet articles have been recovered in Luristan, proving their common use in the late second and early first millennium BC. Such objects are rarely subject to elaborate decoration and show little local variation, which is mostly apparent on personal ornaments  such as bracelets, pins and belts fittings.

Weight 101.1 g
Dimensions W 3.6 x H 7 cm



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