The Luristan style is characterized by stylized human and animal figures carved into bronze and featuring border motifs. It is found on horse gear, weaponry and equipment, tools, and jewelry, and the available evidence on its development points to a chronological evolution from simple, naturalistic themes to more complex creations.
This Luristan Votive Mirror dates from 8th century B.C. Iran and represents one of the most intact artifacts of its kind. It is adorned with four primitive, stylized animal motifs, separated by one zig-zag line and surrounding repoussé—a low relief metalworking technique. It features small holes in its face to be suspended in temples to reflect the sun.
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