Luristan Bronze Spearhead with Rat-Tail Tang


A fine Luristan bronze spearhead featuring an ovate blade with a rectangular midrib running down the centre, tapering at the point. The blade slopes into rounded shoulders leading to a square shaft with flaring corners. The spearhead then narrows into a short tang ending with a slight angled bend. This ‘rat-tail’ construction inserted into a wooden shaft reduced further splitting upon use.


Date: 1800-600 BC
Condition: Very fine condition, beautiful green patination to the surface.

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SKU: MG-55 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.

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

Weight 300 g
Dimensions L 43.7 x W 5.3 cm



Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, item number 61.261.2

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