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

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Luristan bronze comes from the province of Lorestan, a region situated in the area of modern South-Western Iran. In ancient times a number of nomadic populations, such as the Medes, the Kassites and eventually the Persians, 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. Their artwork mainly comprises ornaments, vessels and weapons. Most of the Luristan weapons have been recovered in funerary contexts, suggesting that such weapons would have used not only in everyday life but also with ceremonial purposes.

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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