Flat Luristan Bronze Blade


A fine flat Luristan bronze sword blade featuring a short tang pierced for attachment to a hilt. The bifacial blade displays a long ovate shape with a wide rounded base and narrowing pointed tip. The blade is slightly raised around the edges and has been cleaned.

Please note the stand is only for reference.

Date: Circa 1800 - 600 BC
Condition: Good condition, patination to the surface. Minor crack and indentations to the hilt, base and tip.


SKU: HB-62 Category: Tag:

Luristan objects are for the majority bronze cast items decorated with bronze sculptures and there have been many discovered in the Lorestān Province. This includes many weapons, tools and finials along with small amulets and fittings. The decorative technique is predominately openwork with Scythian art influences. However, the identity of those who created these fine pieces are still unknown to this day. Animals were often featured as decorations, they ranged from mammals such as ibexes and large bird to zoomorphic creatures including griffins. A prime and popular example is the Master of Animals which usually depicts a man or women holding animals or just the animals themselves facing each other on finials or standards. This imagery can be seen across the Mesopotamian civilisations. Everyday objects were also desired which included pins and bracelets. Most of the Luristan bronze items have been recovered in funerary contexts, suggesting they had a ceremonial function.

 To find out more about metalwork in Luristan please see our relevant blog post: The Luristan Empire: Beauty of Bronze.


Weight 200 g
Dimensions L 30.1 x W 4.3 cm



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