Luristan Bronze Decorated Spatula


This bronze spatula features a coiled handle with incised linear decoration. The end of the handle is flattened and rounded to resemble a snake, as is typical of Luristan spatulas from this period. The spatula itself is flat and broad, tapering slightly to a rounded end. The neck of the spatula also features an attractive pattern of incised dashes, which creates a series of triangles amidst other designs. The reverse is undecorated, and the spatula is mounted on a custom-made wooden stand.

Date: Circa 800 BC
Condition: Very fine condition, with signs of ageing and an attractive green patina on the surface.


Ancient Persian craftsmen developed great skill in bronze working, producing some of the finest tools and weaponry then available. These include a great number of ornaments, tools, weapons, horse-fittings, as well as a smaller number of vessels. They have been uncovered in recorded excavations, and have generally come from burials, with a large number of them found in Lorestan Province and Kermanshah, western Iran. The ethnicity of the people who created them remains unclear, though they may well have been Persian, and possibly related to the modern Lur people (who have given their name to the area).

To discover more about the Luristan Empire, please visit our relevant blog post: The Luristan Empire: Beauty of Bronze.

Weight 21.9 g
Dimensions L 18.5 x W 8.4 cm



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