Luristan Bronze Jar


A finely cast Luristan bronze jar. The item features a slightly cylindrical body with a rounded base and a cylindrical neck that leads to a wide everted rim. The body of the jar is subtly decorated with a narrow concave band. The majority of the surface is covered with an attractive blue and green patination while some areas reveal the original smooth finish.

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Date: Circa 2nd- 1st century BC
Provenance: Ex. collection of a London gentleman, 1990s.
Condition: Very fine condition. The vessel is intact without chipping to the body or the rim. Patination and earthly encrustations to the surface.

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SKU: SK-159 Category: Tag:

The Bronze Age period, 3300 BC to 1200 BC, was signified by the use of bronze, during this time, civilisations would produce bronze by mixing copper, tin and other metals or would trade their own products for bronze from elsewhere. Bronze was more durable than the other metals available during the time and it revolutionised everyday objects, ranging from vessels to agricultural tools to weapons. The Near East and Western Asia were the first regions to start using bronze which aided the rise of the Mesopotamian civilisation of Sumer. Luristan bronze comes from the province of Lorestan, a region situated in the area of modern South-Western Iran. Bronze vessels, such as this fine item, would have been used in everyday life but also buried together with the deceased.

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

Weight 162.2 g
Dimensions W 8.5 x H 8.3 cm



Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, item 52.119.1

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