Ancient Persian Bronze Dagger with Crescent Guard - For Sale
Ancient Persian Bronze Dagger with Crescent Guard
This is a bronze dagger from ancient Persia (circa 1200 BC). The unique attribute of this piece is that on most examples, the penannular or crescent guard is solid whereas on this piece it is flanged to hold an inlay of some material - likely wood, ivory or bone. On this piece there are what appear to be remnants of wood fibers in the hilt. The blade is triangular with a heavy central rib. There are three intact rivets in the hilt as well. The patina is a mix of green and brown with some interesting crystal formations. The total length of this piece is just over 36 cm. The total weight is 316 grams. For information on similar types see "Arms and Armor from Iran" by Manoucher Khorasani pp 59 and 71.