Luristan Bronze Socketed Spearhead


A fine Luristan bronze spearhead featuring an ovate blade with a prominent midrib. The sharp uneven edges of the blade terminate into round shoulders and slope into a long, folded socket. The base is pierced with a hole on either side. Spearheads of this type, with sockets as long or longer than the blade are characteristic of Caucasian and West Persian regions during the late second and early first Millennium BC.

Date: Circa 1800-600 BC
Condition: Very fine condition. Green patination and encrustation covers the surface.

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Throughout the Ancient World, from Greece to Persia, battles raged. The skilled Ancient Persian craftsmen, particularly in the Luristan area, developed great skill in bronze metalwork, producing some of the finest weaponry then available. 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.

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

Weight 170.4 g
Dimensions L 31.3 x W 3.8 cm



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

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