Framed Luristan Bronze Arrowhead


A finely cast Luristan bronze arrowhead featuring a curved triangular-shaped blade, with a raised midrib which fades into a sharp point. The straight cutting edges terminate into short, slightly pointed barbs, both slightly chipped. The blade then slopes into a short round-sectioned tang with a relatively long stem.

The arrowhead itself is 5.3cm length.

Date: Circa 1800-600 BC
Condition: Good condition, minor chips to the barbs, patination and earthly encrustation to the 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.

Weight 33.1 g
Dimensions W 9.5 x H 9.6 cm