Luristan Socketed Spearhead

£ 150.00

A  Luristan cast bronze spearhead with a triangular-shaped blade featuring a prominent central midrib. The spearhead  presents a short conical socket from which a wood shaft would have been attached. This weapon is a fine example of Luristan workmanship with an aesthetically shaped blade and beautiful green patination to the surface.

Date: Circa 1200 - 600 BC
Provenance: Earlier 20th century Cologne collection, Germany. London Mayfair gallery, UK. Dr D.G. collection, 1990s-2019
Condition: Fine condition, the socket presents a little hole. Some patination and earthly encrustation to the surface.


SKU: AG-34 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 82.5 g
Dimensions L 15.5 x W 3.5 cm



Reference: For a similar item, please see The Ashmolean Museum, item AN1951.143

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