Luristan Bronze Standard Element

£ 300.00

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.

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Luristan bronze comes from the province of Lorestan, a region situated in the Zagros Mountains. The civilization who inhabited these areas 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. 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. Their artwork mainly comprises ornaments, vessels and weapons. Most of Luristan bronze items have been recovered in funerary contexts, suggesting that such weapons would have been used not only in everyday life but also with ceremonial purposes.

To discover more about the Luristan Empire, please visit our relevant blog post: The Luristan Empire: Beauty of Bronze.

Weight 219.4 g
Dimensions W 2.2 x H 13.6 cm



Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum item number 1970.182

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