A Luristan Bronze Spearhead, ca 1200 - 800 BC

cast using the lost wax process; of elongated tapering form, gently curved shoulder and projecting rectangular-sectioned midrib, a rat-tail or bent tang with button end. 

For similar example, see Moorey PRS, "Catalogue of Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum" (1971), 88, fig 84 and Negahban, "Marlik, the Complete Excavation Report", #747, 751 and 749.

Condition:   Intact with losses to the edge of the blade from battle use, overall in very good condition with fine green/brown patination, custom museum quality mount. 

Dimensions:  Length: 18 cm (7.08 inches), Mounted Height: 26.5 (10.4 inches)

Provenance:  Forming part of the James Stephan Snr. collection, assembled in the 1950's to early 1960's and then by descent.  Dr. Stephan was a US intelligence officer who also held a degree in archaeology.  He was posted in the Anatolian region of Turkey with the US government during this time, and acquired his collection from dealers and villagers throughout the region.


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