Bronze female figure, Luristan (Iran), 1000 B.C.

The people of Luristan had a perfect command of metallurgical technology and an incredible artistic sense. The preservation of the local tradition for centuries was probably possible thanks to the survival of the funeral ritual and the beliefs that gave meaning to these bronze objects. This sculpture represents a female figure, possibly of high rank as she is wearing a crown similar to the crowns worn by the Egyptian pharaohs. She is dressed in a kind of tunic or long dress on the top of which seems to suggest a kind of necklace. The figure has a rigid and hieratic pose, a characteristic attribute of the representations of characters of high social class.


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