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The mystery of the Luristan Bronzes still puzzles archaeologists

Iron Age artifacts from the Zagros Mountains of Iran began to capture the world's attention in the 1930s, but scholars today are still debating who crafted them.

When exquisite bronze figures be­gan flood­ing the antiquities market in the late 1920s, nobody knew much about them. Artworks of people and ani­mals, embossed bronze cups, and delicate pins thrilled dealers, who were awed by their beauty. Inquiries were made about their origins, but answers were somewhat vague. Rather than name a specific settlement or civi­lization, dealers would only indicate a region in the Zag­ros Mountains: Luristan (located in western Iran and known today as Lorestan).

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