Western Asiatic Luristan Spearhead


A Bronze Age spearhead with leaf-shaped blade. The weapon features a square-section shank developing from the midrib and a flared neck developing to a square-section tang.

Date: Circa 13th - 6th century BC
Provenance: Ex Cologne private collection.
Condition: Fine condition.


SKU: EH-009 Category: Tag:

Ancient Persian craftsmen developed great skill in bronze working, producing some of the finest tools and weaponry then available. These include a great number of ornaments, tools, weapons, horse-fittings, as well as a smaller number of vessels. They have been uncovered in recorded excavations, and have generally come from burials. The ethnicity of the people who created them remains unclear, though they may well have been Persian, and possibly related to the modern Lur people (who have given their name to the area).

Spearheads were among the bronze objects that were widely used by huntsmen and warriors, although the exact purpose of these weapons has never been securely established. Their function almost certainly varied: for instance, it is possible that they sometimes served as votive offerings in the shrines across Mesopotamia.

Weight 243 g
Dimensions L 28.5 cm



Reference: Literature: cf. Khorasani, M.M. Arms and Armour from Iran - The Bronze Age to the End of the Qajar Period,Tuebingen, 2006, p.628, Cat.275, inventory no.25383/8380.

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