Bronze Shield from Luristan

Culture: Luristan
Period: 8th century B.C.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 44.5 cm in diameter
Price: 8 000 Euro
Ref: 6330
Provenance: Private collection Axel Guttmann with the collection number AG86/R17, acquired 1987 in Frankfurt, Germany. Thence Christie’s London auction “The Art of Warfare: The Axel Guttmann Collection Part I”, 6 November 2002, lot 16. Thence Hermann Historica Auction, Munich, 11th April 2008, lot 301.
Condition: The shield boss slightly dented, several holes due to wear, but the shield is stable and spectacularly mounted.
Description: Spectacular, round shield of hammered bronze sheet with the rim turned slightly outwards, a prominent conical umbo, and a fivefold stepped concentric surface. Several rivets, which were used to attach the bronze sheet on a wood base, are still preserved. Rare protective weapon from the early 1st millennium B.C. Mounted.