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Luristan Bronze Horse Bit - Ibex

Ancient Near East, northwestern Iran, Luristan, ca. 1000 to 700 BCE. A beautiful cast bronze horse bit showcasing the artistry of the metalworkers of Luristan, in the form of an ibex, body in profile, but head turned to face the viewer, with large, magnificent horns and a round hole through the center of the body to accommodate an attachment. The affluent group in Luristan society that patronized the metalworking industry and purchased fine items like this sword were nomadic horsemen. They would travel into towns and purchase swords and other bronze and iron objects from craftsmen there. Although these horsemen were pre-literate, we know from the records of the Elamites and other southern neighbors that these tribesmen functioned as mercenaries in the constant warfare between the Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Elamites. When they died, they were buried in rock-covered tombs with their swords. Size: 2.9" L x 2.95" H (7.4 cm x 7.5 cm)

Condition: A bit over cleaned else intact and excellent

Provenance: Ex - Prominent LA County collector who acquired these prior to 2000

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