Luristan Bronze Vessel Handle with Birds

£ 350.00

A fine Western Asiatic bronze large vessel handle featuring three vertical bars connected by two rings at the top embellished with a perched bird on each. A short curved bar is attached to the bottom of the handle, beautiful green patination covers the surface of the piece. A custom made stand is provided.

Date: Circa 3rd Millenum BC
Provenance: Important Mayfair Collection formed 1970-1999
Condition: Good Condition, beak missing from one bird.

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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. Over time, the animals were produced in a more naturalistic manner and types were widened to include animals with human faces. Most of the Luristan bronze items have been recovered in funerary contexts, suggesting they had a ceremonial function.

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

Weight 809.8 g
Dimensions L 28.5 x W 11.1 cm



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