A Luristan cast bronze spear head featuring a large, leaf-shaped blade with a prominent rounded midrib elevated from the shank that flows into a finely intricate twisting spiral feature, which leads to a short, square-shaped rat-tail tang, which was inserted into a wooden shaft. The piece is now covered in a beautiful green patination. Please note the tip is now missing.
Luristan bronze comes from the province of Lorestan, a region situated in the area of modern South-Western Iran. In ancient times a number of nomadic populations, such as the Medes, the Kassites and eventually the Persians, 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. Cast spike-butted axes are hallmarks of Luristan bronze weaponry during the First Iron Age Period, between 1200 and 1000 BC. Most of Luristan bronze items have been recovered in funerary contexts.
Measurements: circa 25.5cm length
Provenance: Ex. London Collection, formed between 1990 - present.
- Spearhead with Rat Tail
- 25.5 cm
- Century/ Timeframe
- Circa 1200-800 BC