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Luristan Bronze Pendant - LO.1043
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 1350 BC to 650 BC
Dimensions: 2.75" (7.0cm) high
Collection: Central Asia
Medium: Copper-Alloy

Location: Great Britain
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Elegant bronze lost-wax pendant featuring two horse protomes back to back facing outward and joint at the belly, surmounted by a loop used for suspension.

In the late 2nd millennium and early first millennium B.C., inhabitants of the mountainous region of western Iran, known as Luristan, manufactured an astonishing variety of bronze objects, including weapons, standards, jewelry, horse ornaments, and vessels, most of which have been recovered from cemeteries. The nature of the society and economy that produced these bronzes is not known with certainty but seems to have been predominantly nomadic.

Similar bronze pendants have been unearthed throughout the Luristan region and dated to the early 1st millennium BC. The explicit reference to the horse reflects once again the love and/or economic dependence of the Luristan people on the horse.

Reference: H. Mahboubian, The Art of Ancient Iran, 1998. - (LO.1043)


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