Luristan Bronze Socketed Spearhead


A fine Luristan cast bronze socketed spearhead featuring a leaf-shaped double-edged blade with a raised midrib. The tang is socketed to allow the blade to connect to a hilt or post. Beautiful green patination covers parts of the surface of the spearhead.  Blades of this type are more commonly found in the territories of ancient Western Persia (modern Iran) and were used from the late Bronze Age onwards.

Date: Circa 1800-600 BC
Condition: Very fine condition with signs of ageing to the surface and beautiful green patina. The piece has been mounted on a custom-made stand ideal for display.


SKU: CS-97 Category: Tag:

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  of 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 126.2 g
Dimensions H 22 cm



Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, item 60.20.29a, b .

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