Lot 32: Luristan Bronze Spear Butt
October 27, 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
Near East, Luristan, modern-day Iran, ca. 1000 to 600 BCE. This is a large, heavy, lost-wax cast bronze spear butt with a spiraling design around the handle and a tapered, pointed end at the bottom of a rectangular design. 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: 16.8" L x 0.9" W (42.7 cm x 2.3 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Estate of John Piscopo. Mr. Piscopo was one of the largest collectors of ancient weapons in the US with a collection that spanned all cultures, all ages.
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Condition Report: Beautiful patina and form.