A Luristan cast bronze standard element of cylindrical shape. The element has decorated terminals, featuring artistically rendered zoomorphic heads, including two feline heads. The shaft of the element remains smooth and undecorated. An element such as this would have been one part of a larger column in a standard, with the different elements stacked on top of one another. The surface has some green patination. The element standard is mounted on a purpose-made wooden stand.
Date: Circa 1200-700 BC Condition: Good condition. Surface has beautiful green patination. Without the stand, height is 6.9cm.
Luristan, the central area on Persia’s western frontier, developed sophisticated and prolific metal-working technology from the third millennium BC. With manufacture not suffering decline until the seventh century BC, over this extensive period metalworkers were essential for supplying and arming both local wealthy patrons and the warring factions of the day.
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