This large Luristan bronze sword is an excellent example of a bell-formed pommel found in the great museums such as the Ashmolean (Oxford, UK) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. Cast using the lost wax method, this well-balanced weapon features a slender cylindrical grip and long, tapering blade. Traces of rust can be found on the hilt, suggesting the hilt was made over an iron core and the blade cast separately. An elliptical open guard with rounded shoulders is cast in one with the plain grip and is carefully designed to secure the blade firmly in position round the shoulders and on the blade. The narrow blade has a prominent midrib that tapers regularly with almost straight cutting edges to a point.
It is the austere perfection of line and proportion that makes this weapon so beautiful and so terrible. For related examples cf: Moorey, P.R.S. "Catalogue of Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Musuem", #58 & 59 and Muscarella, O. "Bronze and Iron, Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art", item #166 and Mahoubian "Art of Ancient Iran" (1999) item #394.
Condition: Intact and in very fine condition, a well balanced weapon.
Dimensions: Length: 25 inches, (63.5 cm).
Provenance: ex Axel Guttmann Collection, Germany, thereafter Hendershott private collection, Ak.