The bronze pins reported from covert excavations in Western Persia, particularly Luristan, surpass the tools and weapons of the area. They are superior both in terms of quantity, and in the variety of form and decoration. The pin-makers of Western Persia took their inspiration from the local flora and fauna, though it is difficult to determine precisely which fruits, flowers, or animals were used in the decoration. That said, the most common sources of artistic inspiration in both Greece and Western Persia seem to have been the poppy and pomegranate.
Substantial Luristan Bronze Pin
A Luristan cast bronze garment pin. It features a floral head; three circles spaced around the centre of the calyx; and three, trumpet-shaped projections below. The faint patterns of chevrons are still visible underneath the encrustations.
Condition: Very fine bronze with green patination and light encrustations.