Luristan Bronze Spearhead with Elongated Shaft


A cast bronze spear-point with a leaf-shaped double-edged blade with wide rounded shoulders and signs of whetting, a flat midrib and straight elegant shank of approximately the same length as the blade, flaring into a square-section and ending with left-angled bend of a thinner tang. This ‘rat-tail’ construction inserted into wooden shaft reduced further splitting upon use.

Period: Circa 1200-800 BC
Condition: Very fine. Appealing green and olive patination. Nicely preserved. Tip and tang intact.


SKU: FP-61 Category: Tag:

Spearheads of this type is more commonly found in the territories of ancient Western Persia (modern Iran) and were used through late Bronze Age into the Early Iron Age.

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. 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 find out more about Luristan bronzes please see our relevant blog post: The Luristan Empire and the Beuty of Bronze.

Weight 512 g
Dimensions L 48.3 cm



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