Luristan Bronze Spear Head


A bronze spearhead featuring a long blade with strengthening midrib. The metal at the base is folded and socketed to receive the shaft. The weapon still retains the original rings, which would have kept the shaft-hole tight and the shaft in place.

Date: Circa 1000 - 800 BC
Condition: Complete and intact, surfaces a little uneven with patination and light encrustations. The securing rings are firmly in situ except for the lowest which is slightly loose.


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Luristan Bronze Spearhead

Ancient Persian craftsmen developed great skill in bronze working, producing some of the finest tools and weaponry then available. These include a great number of ornaments, tools, weapons, horse-fittings, as well as a smaller number of vessels. They have been uncovered in recorded excavations, and have generally come from burials. The ethnicity of the people who created them remains unclear, though they may well have been Persian, and possibly related to the modern Lur people (who have given their name to the area).

Spearheads were among the bronze objects that were widely used by huntsmen and warriors, although the exact purpose of these weapons has never been securely established. Their function almost certainly varied: for instance, it is possible that they sometimes served as votive offerings in the shrines across Mesopotamia.

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

Weight 225 g
Dimensions L 36.6 cm



Reference: For similar example without the securing rings, see P. R. S. Moorey, 'Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum', 1971, item 89.

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