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Ancient Greek Bronze Arrowhead Pendant

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Luristan bronzes, including this arrowhead, refer to items dating from roughly 1000 BCE that have been excavated since the 1920’s in the Harsin, Khorramabad, and Alishtar valleys of the Zagros Mountains of western Iran. Though specific creators of these superior bronzes are unknown, scholars believe they were creates by either the Cimmerians or by such related Indo-European peoples as the early Medes and Persians – all of whom were semi-nomadic people and migrated into eastern Persia around 1500-1000 BCE. Little is known of this ancient culture, but the most impressive traces are that of the bronze artifact they left behind. These include highly decorative equipment for their horses, ceremonial containers and numerous weapons ranging from simple utilitarian pieces to elaborate masterpieces of warfare. Part of the difficulty in attributing these weapons stems from their ancient popularity; even in antiquity, the surrounding cultures recognized the superiority of Luristan weapons because of their quality, balance and durability. These were highly sought-after by warriors of many cultures for use in combat throughout the Near East. The same types of arrowheads were used in the Greek armies and all throughout the ancient world until sometime in the beginning of the Common era.



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