Luristan Bronze Spearhead

$488.75

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:

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 ornaments, vessels and weapons. Cast spike-butted axes are hallmarks of Luristan bronze weaponry during the First Iron Age Period, between 1200 and 1000 BC. Most of Luristan bronze items have been recovered in funerary contexts.

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

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