Selection of Luristan Bronze Arrowheads

A selection of Luristan cast bronze arrowheads in varying shapes and sizes. Each feature either a triangular or bilobate blade with a central, raised midrib, and a narrow tang of differing lengths. Green patination and earthly encrustation are visible to the surface.


Date: Circa 1800-600 BC
Condition: Good Condition, green patination and encrustation is visible to the surface,Item B and C have chipped barbs.
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Luristan objects are for the majority bronze cast items decorated with bronze sculptures, many have been 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. Most of the Luristan bronze items have been recovered in funerary contexts, suggesting they had a ceremonial function.

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

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