Luristan Bronze Spearhead


A fine example of a Luristan spearhead, cast in bronze. Featuring a leaf shaped blade with a prominent central mid-rib which extends to form a square-section tang. The tang flares outwards at the ricasso and forms a small guard before the hilt, which would have been placed inside a wooden spear. The spearhead is covered with a beautiful green patination.


Date: 1800 - 600 BC
Condition: Very Fine. Green patination covers the surface.

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SKU: SA-87 Category: Tag:

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. 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.

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

Weight 523.7 g
Dimensions L 46.4 x W 5.5 cm



Reference: For Similar: Bonhams Auction House, Antiquities, 20th October 2005, lot 452

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