Luristan Leaf-Shaped Spearhead

£ 500.00

A Luristan cast bronze spear-point featuring a large leaf-shaped double-edged blade with a prominent rounded midrib that flows into a short conical section at the base, from which springs the square-shaped tang ending with a ‘rat-tail’. Such a construction inserted into wooden shaft reduced further splitting upon use.


Date: Circa 1200-800 BC
Condition: Very fine, with appealing green patination. Well preserved. Tip and tang intact. Minor chips to the blade.
Product Code: NES-17
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Ancient Persian craftsmen developed great skills in bronze working, crafting some of the finest tools and weaponry at the time available. These include a great number of ornaments, tools, weapons, and horse-fittings, as well as a smaller number of vessels. They have been uncovered in recorded excavations, and generally come from burial sites. The ethnicity of the people who created them remains unclear, though they may well have been Persian, and possibly related to the modern Lur people (who have given their name to the area).

To learn more about the metalwork of ancient Luristan, visit our relevant blog post: Ancient Luristan and the Luristan Bronzes.

Dimensions L 32.6 cm



Near East (Western Asiatic)

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