Luristan Bronze Spearhead with Rat-Tail Tang


A Luristan bronze spearhead featuring a leaf-shaped blade with a pronounced midrib. The weapon displays a long rectangular tang, which bends towards the end before flattening into a discoid head. This ‘rat-tail’ construction inserted into a wooden shaft reduced further splitting upon use. A beautiful brown and green patination remains on the surface.

Date: Circa 1800-600 BC
Condition: Very fine condition.

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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 650 g
Dimensions L 43.2 x W 7 cm



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