Authentic Ancient Luristan bronze Sword circa 1200 -1000 BC. A flanged hilt and blade finely cast in one piece. A very fine example of an authentic Ancient Luristan bronze dagger, of elegant form, from the Bronze Age circa 1200 -1000 BC. A 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 never survive three thousand years of time. CONDITION: Excellent; no cracks, or repairs, the surface is covered by a light patina and earth encrustation. 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) "A Survey of Persian Art: from Prehistoric Times to the Present" by Arthur Upham Pope Volume VII 2) "Iran in the Ancient East" by Ernest E. Herzfeld. 3) An identical dagger from the collection of the Deutsches Klingenmuseum in Solingen is published in “Kostbare Blankwaffen aus dem Deutsch. Klingenmuseum Solingen” by Heinz R. Uhlemann, Page 15. 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: 29 cm (11 3/8 inches).
PROVENANCE: From an old Canadian collection of Antique Arms and Armour 15 years ago verified by Canadian museum experts as an authentic period specimen.
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