Bronze Western Asiatic Luristan Spearhead


A bronze Luristan spearhead featuring a flattened blade and rounded, hollow handle.  The  base is hollow to allow the blade to be attached to a wooden shaft. The blade tapers to a blunt point. The base is decorated beautifully with geometrical designs in circular and zig-zag patterns. The item is covered in a rich, green patination.

Date: Circa 12th - 11th Century BC
Provenance: Ex Abelita family collection, 1970s-2000s
Condition: Fine Condition


SKU: GL-38 Category: Tags: ,

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 and the Kassites, 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. This includes many weapons, tools, ornaments and finials along with small amulets and fittings. The decorative technique is predominately openwork with Scythian art influences. Cast spike-butted axes are hallmarks of Luristan bronze weaponry during the First Iron Age Period, between 1200 and 1000 BC. Most of the Luristan bronze items have been recovered in funerary contexts, suggesting they had a ceremonial function.

To discover more about the Luristan Empire, please visit our relevant blog post: The Luristan Empire: Beauty of Bronze.

Weight 312.0 g
Dimensions L 34 x W 2.2 cm



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