Experts in the National Iranian Museum
are set to embark on a groundbreaking study of bronze
figurines discovered in the western Lorestan province,
in what they hope will shed light on the ancient
traditions and beliefs in the province.
Suri Ayyazi, who leads the research, said the figurines
accounted for a substantial portion of Lorestan’s
section in the museum.
“Currently one could not opine with certainty about
the significance of bronze figurines as well as customs
and rituals, ceremonies and beliefs of people who lived
in Lorestan some 3000 years ago,” she said, stressing
such studies were needed to throw light on the history,
culture and civilization of local people.
Ayyazi noted the sculptures were not sophisticated in
terms of artistic creation. They are primitive in shape,
and compared to modern counterparts, they look quite
clumsy and amateurish. Yet, they are potent reminders of
ancient mindsets which need to be exposed.
Among the objects are some female and male figurines.
Ayyazi remarked the female figurines may suggest female
reproduction, while the male ones may suggest mourning