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Lorestan (Luristan) Bronze

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Lorestan (Luristan) bronze refers to a set of Early Iron Age bronze artifacts that have been recovered from the Lorestan and Kermanshah areas in west-central Iran. Believed to have been produced either by the Cimmerians or by Indo-European peoples of Media or Persia, they include a great number of ornaments, tools, ceremonial objects and weapons such as this incredibly spearhead. The art of ancient Luristan mainly dates from the 12th to the 5th centuries B.C.E. and has become famous for its engraved bronze artifacts and castings of horse trappings, weapons, and standards. The most common of the Luristan bronzes are almost certainly the horse trappings and harness ornaments, with elaborate cheek pieces in the shape of ordinary animals such as horses or goats, as well as in the form of imaginary beasts like winged human-faced bulls.

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