Selection of Bronze Luristan Arrowheads

A selection of cast bronze Luristan arrowheads in a variety of tones, shapes, and sizes. All are triangular and bifacial, with a high midrib leading to a sharp point. Each arrowhead contains a set of barbs, as well as a short tang, used for attaching onto a wooden shaft.



Date: Circa 1200-800 BC
Condition: Fine condition, with some chips, oxidation and earthly encrustation to surface.
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Luristan objects are for the majority bronze cast items decorated with bronze sculptures and there have been many discovered in the Lorestān Province. This includes many weapons, tools and finials along with small amulets and fittings. The decorative technique is predominately openwork with Scythian art influences. However, the identity of those who created these fine pieces are still unknown to this day. Animals were often featured as decorations, they ranged from mammals such as ibexes and large bird to zoomorphic creatures including griffins. A prime and popular example is the Master of Animals which usually depicts a man or women holding animals or just the animals themselves facing each other on finials or standards. This imagery can be seen across the Mesopotamian civilisations. Everyday objects were also desired which included pins and bracelets.

To find out more about metalwork in Luristan please see our relevant blog post: The Luristan Empire: Beauty of Bronze.

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