Selection of Luristan Bronze Bell Cages


A selection of Luristan bell cages cast from bronze each featuring delicate metal openwork. Each bell is pierced through the centre, without a jingle and would have fitted anywhere along a horse-harness.

Date: Circa 1800-600 BC
Condition: Fine condition.
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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, 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. Their artwork mainly comprises ornaments, vessels and weapons. Bell cages of this type are hard to decipher exactly where they originate from as they were widely distributed during the time however; they display characteristics of the Luristan culture.

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