Ancient Near East, northwestern Iran, Luristan, ca. 1000 BCE. Beautiful long thin cast bronze cloak pins, with banded designs. The largest of these is truly impressive (and implies a large cloak). Ancient Luristan was a series of parallel fertile valleys in northwestern Iran in the Zagros Mountains. The level of artistry displayed in their bronze work is much finer and more ornate than any of their contemporaries. This is all the more remarkable considering that there is a lack of native copper ores in that region, so Luristan must have been part of a wide trading network -- and indeed, we know that they had contacts with the Kingdom of Elam, Mesopotamia, and Anatolia. There must have been a particularly inspired artistic tradition within Luristan itself to produce functional but beautiful items like this one. Size of largest: 9.9" L (25.1 cm)
Provenance: Ex - Julian Hovsepain estate collection acquired prior to 1990.
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