A Luristan bronze bowl with diplomatic provenance

A Luristan bronze bowl with diplomatic provenance

Code: 2664


Description: A bronze bowl with carinated body tapering to a round flat base with a patchy brown green patina. Some inoffensive surface dents and minor encrustation, otherwise condition good and a nice example.

Size: 77 mm/3 ins. high and 93 mm/3.7 ins. in diameter at the rim

Culture: Luristan, North West Iran

Date: 12th- 8th Century B.C.

Provenance: Acquired by Eric Crowe (1905-1952), son of the diplomat Sir Eyre Crowe (1864-1925), when he was posted to Tehran as a British diplomat between 1939-41 and thence by descent to Sir Brian Crowe (1938-2020).

Background: Eric Crowe followed his father Sir Eyre Crowe (a leading diplomat who strongly advocated a counter-German policy in the years before World War I) into the diplomatic service and served in Tehran in the early years of World War II where he acquired this piece. His son Sir Brian Crowe was Ambassador to Austria from 1989-1992, but died of COVID-19 in March 2020.