A Luristan cast bronze ribbed double-edge spearhead. The spearhead is composed with five equal sectioned raised mid-ribs, with each one narrowing towards the tip. Despite some erosion on the exposed finial, a small pierced hole is visible which would have been used to connect the blade to a wooden handle. The blade is now covered in a beautiful green patination. Spearheads of this type are more commonly found in the territories of ancient Western Persia (modern Iran) and were used through the late Bronze Age into the Early Iron Age.
Date: Circa 1800-600 BC Condition: Very fine, some green patination covers the surface.
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 Luristan weapons have been recovered in funerary contexts, suggesting that such weapons would have been used not only in everyday life but also with ceremonial purposes.
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