Luristan Bronze Socketed Blade

£ 150.00

A fine Luristan cast bronze blade featuring a triangular blade with a prominent midrib. The sharp uneven edges of the blade slope into a long, folded conical socket with an opening at the back and a slightly folded rim.  A wood shaft would have been attached into this socket previously.  This weapon is a fine example of Luristan workmanship with an aesthetically shaped blade and beautiful green patination to the surface and earthly encrustation. Slight chips the the edges of the blade. The socketed blade is mounted on a custom-made wooden stand.

Date: Circa 1200-600 BC
Provenance: Ex London Collection, formed between 1990-present.
Condition: Good Condition, one large opening to the socket.


SKU: AG-51 Category: Tag:

Luristan bronze comes from the province of Lorestan, a region situated in the in the Zagros Mountains. 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 of ornaments, vessels and weapons. Bladed weapons, such as this fine example, would have been used in everyday life but also buried together with the deceased, and most of Luristan bronze items have been recovered in such funerary contexts.

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

Weight 67 g
Dimensions L 20.5 x W 2.5 cm



Reference: For similar item, see The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, item AN1951.143

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