Authentic ancient Luristan bronze Sword – Dagger, circa 1150 -900 BC. A flanged hilt and blade finely cast in one piece. A very fine example of an elegant form with tapering double-edged blade, a shaped hilt with an elliptical pommel, hollowed on each face for a pair of grip-scales. In the period when the sword was used, the handle would have had a bone or wooden insert, but these would never survive three thousand years of time.
REFERENCES: This particular form of dagger is referred to in references as Luristan since the daggers were found in Luristan, but probably in fact are Babylonian. Quite a few of the daggers which are in the Musée du Louvre, British Museums, Teheran Museum, and in Mrs. Christian Holmes collection, are with inscriptions on the blades bearing the names of Babylonian kings of the Fourth Dynasty as Nebuchadnezzar I, Marduk-Nadin-Ahhe, Adad-Apal-Iddina, where, according to the book by Ernest E. Herzfeld "Iran in The Ancient East" page 134, they belonged to Babylonian soldiers holding fiefs in Luristan. Similar daggers are published in the following references:
1) Bronzes du luristan Publisher: PARIS MUSEES (17 March 2008).
2) Les Antiquités du Luristan: collection David-Weill by Pierre Amiet.
3) A Survey of Persian Art: from Prehistoric Times to the Present by Arthur Upham Pope Volume VII.
4) Iran in the Ancient East by Ernest E. Herzfeld.
Most of the swords of this type and period are broken with modern repairs; this is a solid specimen with no repairs or restorations except for some minor nicks and bends which can be expected from an authentic 3000 year old weapon.
MEASUREMENTS: Overall length: 37.5 cm (14 3/4 inches).
CONDITION: Excellent; no cracks or repairs, the surface is covered by a light patina and earth encrustation. The handle would have had a bone or wooden insert, but these never survive three thousands years of time.
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