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Lorestan bronze relics, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden(The Dutch National Museum of Antiquities), Leiden.

Lorestan bronze is a term referring to a set of Early Iron Age bronze artifacts of various individual forms which have been recovered from Lorestān and Kermanshah areas in west-central Iran. They include a great number of weapons, ornaments, tools, and ceremonial objects. It is not certain whether they were created by the Cimmerians or the ancient Persians-Medes.

Typical Lorestāni-style objects belong to the Iranian Iron Age (c. 1250-650 B.C.). The term "Lorestān bronze" is not normally used to refer to earlier bronze artifacts from Luristan, datable to a period between the fourth millennium B.C. and the (Iranian) Bronze Age (c. 2900-1250 B.C.), when bronze objects from Lorestān were similar to those found in Mesopotamia and on the Iranian plateau.

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