Luristan bronze comes from the province of Lorestan, a region situated in the area of modern South-Western Iran. Animals were very popular during the bronze age in the Western Asiatic cultures. The area of Luristan was occupied by many cultures through the years, pieces such as this example were believed to have been made by the Persians or the Lur people (after whom the area is named). The Persians were very skilled craftsmen and made weapons, tools and ornaments. Over time, the animals were produced in a more naturalistic manner and types were widened to include animals with human faces.
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.
To discover more about the Luristan Empire, please visit our relevant blog post: The Luristan Empire: Beauty of Bronze.