Luristan Bronze Rat-Tail Spear Head


A Luristan cast bronze spear-point featuring a short triangle-shaped double-edged blade with raised mid-rib, and a substantial shank, flaring into a square-section tail, which ends with a slight angled bend of a thinner tang. This ‘rat-tail’ construction inserted into a wooden shaft reduced further splitting upon use. Spearheads of this type are more commonly found in the territories on the south-west of the Zagros Mountains and were used through the late Bronze Age into the Early Iron Age.

Date: Circa 1800-600 BC
Condition: Good condition, some green and brown patination 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. 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 209.4 g
Dimensions L 30.5 cm


Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, item number 61.261.2

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