Luristan, ca. 1000 to 600 BCE. This is a cast bronze chisel, long and thin, with excellent form and a stunningly turquoise patina. Luristan, in modern-day northwestern Iran, was in a relatively crowded area in the Bronze Age, near the competing interests of the Babylonians and the Elamites. The mountain tribesmen of Luristan served as mercenaries for both of these powers and many of them were buried alongside beautiful bronze items like this. The level of artistry displayed in their bronze work is much finer and more ornate than any of their contemporaries, which is all the more remarkable considering that there is a lack of native copper ores in that region. Luristan must have been part of a wide trading network to gain access to the metals needed to make bronze. Size: 14.8" L x 1.3" W (37.6 cm x 3.3 cm).
Condition: Stunning patina; shape very clear with a slight bend to one end.
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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