Ancient Near East, northwestern Iran, Luristan, ca. 1000 BCE. A fantastic and wearable (for a small wrist) bronze bracelet. Made from a thin strip of bronze with terminals in a zoomorphic form with large eyes on either side. The outer face of the bronze has thin incised motifs of diamonds with circles inside of them. Custom stand. Size: 2.45" W x 0.45" H (6.2 cm x 1.1 cm); size with stand: 2.75" W x 1.95" L x 3.9" H (7 cm x 5 cm x 9.9 cm).
The region of Luristan, which encompasses the rugged Zagros Mountain chain, is famous for its bronze work that was above and beyond the skill level of contemporary groups. The affluent group in Luristan society that patronized the metalworking industry and purchased fine items like jewelry were nomadic horsemen. They would travel into towns and purchase bronze and iron objects from craftsmen there. After death, elite Luristanis were buried with their metal objects; this bracelet would have adorned a woman's wrist in the grave.
Provenance: Ex-Private Florida collection acquired in the 1980's
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