Luristan Bronzes

Luristan Bronzes

 

the name conventionally given in archaeology to bronze objects (daggers, axes, pins, clothing ornaments, horse harnesses) executed in the Irano-Caucasian animal style and obtained primarily by the plundering of ancient burial grounds in Luristan, in western Iran. Some scholars ascribe them to the second half of the second millennium B.C. and associate them with the Kassites. Recent research, including materials from archaeological excavations, permit the Luristan bronzes to be dated at a later period (the eight to sixth centuries B.C.); some researchers connect them with the Cimmerians and Scythians.

REFERENCES

D’iakonov, I. M. Istoriia Midii ot drevneishikh vremen do kontsa IV v. do n. e. Moscow-Leningrad, 1956.
Calmeyer, P. Datierbare Bronzen aus Luristan und Kirmanshah. Berlin, 1969.
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33-44), sketches the history of the Luristan bronzes, beginning with their recognition by Ernst Herzfeld in 1929 as having originated in Iran.