Luristan shield

Luristan shield from Iran. Dates back to the Iron Age (ca. 1000-800 BCE). Elite grave good, diameter 32,5 cm, made from metal and bronze.

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  • Who is to say it’s a forgery?

    story by David Kertai.

    This shield is about three thousand years old. Since its purchase in 1943, its authenticity has been in doubt. Much in the shield seemed too weird to be true. The answer lay in the rust: this shield is real.

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