Luristan, meaning “Land of the Lurs”, was an area of western Iran and the Zagros mountains. The Luristan bronzes, remarkable for their beauty and their historical importance, illustrate the connections between the early art and metallic production of various peoples in Western Asia. The culture’s elaborate metalworking was used to create zoomorphic and anthropomorphic figures, used for religious reasons or decorative items. Bronze was also used to create a variety of weapons, all found buried as gifts to the deceased.
To learn more about the metalwork of ancient Luristan, visit our relevant blog post: Ancient Luristan and the Luristan Bronzes.