Luristan horse pendant

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Object: Luristan horse pendant

Material: Massive cast bronze.

Period: Ca. 9th cent. BC to 8th cent. BC.
Iron Age of Luristan.

Description:    Massive pendant from Luristan in the shape of a horse made of two conjoined bodies. It has two opposite fronts and heads on elongated necks. A loop on the back allowed to use the figure as a pendant.

Background: The province of Luristan on the western Persian border is known for its masterful ancient metalwork. Artefacts from this region first reached European museums in the middle of the 19th century. However, it was only at the beginning of the 20th century that the origin of these artefacts could be fully reconstructed. Since then, the artistic and exotic objects have enjoyed great popularity with museums and private collectors. Bronze weapons and jewellery make up the bulk of these collections. This is related to the burial tradition of the time. Even the simpler tombs of Luristan were furnished with bronze weapons or jewellery. On the other hand, ceramics, tools and the like were purely household and not votive objects.

Dimensions: 6.1cm long, 6.5cm high.

Condition: Perfectly preserved. Complete and intact with a patina of multiple shades of green.

Provenance: Acquired by us on the art market in 2020. Previously in the French private collection of Dr. F. Hery. Acquired into the collection in the 1970ies.

References: Cf. G. Zahlhaas, Luristan - Antike Bronzen aus dem Iran (Munich, 2002), p. 83, cat. no. 175.

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