Luristan Bronze Tripod Kohl Pot


A finely cast Luristan bronze kohl pot, featuring a globular body with a central raised band decorated with slanted indentations. The container stands on three integral cast bronze tripod-legs from which its body rises and narrows into a cylindrical neck. The out-splayed flat rim is adorned with incised grooves.

Date: Circa 1200-600 BC
Provenance: Ex major S.M., London, Collection 1970-2010.
Condition: Fine condition. Patination and some earthly encrustations to the surface.


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.

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 67.8 g
Dimensions W 3.3 x H 5.5 cm



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