Luristan Leaf-Shaped Spearhead


A large Luristan bronze tripartite spearhead with a wide biconvex blade resembling a leaf shape and a slightly raised midrib giving the blade depth. The blade tapers inwards to a quadrangular section leading to a flattened tang. The tang would have been attached to a wooden shaft creating the spear in its full entirety.  This is a fine example of Luristan workmanship, with an aesthetically shaped blade and beautifully green patinated surface.

Date: Circa 1200 - 600 BC
Provenance: Ex Abelita family collection, 1980-2015.
Condition: Very Fine condition, some minor chips on the edge of the blade and earthly encrustations to the surface.


SKU: AG-36 Category: Tag:

Luristan bronze comes from the province of Lorestan, a region situated in the Zagros Mountains. In ancient times a number of nomadic populations, such as the Medes and the Kassites, 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. This includes many weapons, tools, ornaments and finials along with small amulets and fittings. The decorative technique is predominately openwork with Scythian art influences. Cast spike-butted axes are hallmarks of Luristan bronze weaponry during the First Iron Age Period, between 1200 and 1000 BC. Most of the Luristan bronze items have been recovered in funerary contexts, suggesting they had a ceremonial function.

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

Weight 311 g
Dimensions L 275 x W 70 cm



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