Decorated Arrowhead Point from Elam


A finely decorated Persian-Elamite arrow point made of bronze. The arrowhead features two swallowtail tangs, which, although functional, are almost decorative in their appearance, with a raised central rib for strengthening. This fine example unusually displays an incised geometric decoration, which is enriched by a series of incised dots along the mid rib on both sides.

Date: Circa 1000 - 800 B.C.
Period: Late Bronze Age
Condition: Very good and stable condition, with dark green patination


SKU: AS-3756 Category: Tag:

Elam refers to the civilisation which developed from the third to the first millennium BC, corresponding broadly to modern-day Western Iran. Luristan weapons were influenced by Elamite and Mesopotamian metalwork in the area circa 2500 – 1500 BC.

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. 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).


Weight 31 g
Dimensions L 13.8 cm