cast in one piece using the lost wax process, the blade tapers with a broad, flat midrib; the guard juts out slightly to form two points and tapers into a flanged hilt. The flanges are complete and retain in position the lower part of the hilt's original stone inlay. The wedge shaped pommel with single rivet hole, and a band of simple chased geometric decoration runs round the outer edge of the hilt.
For related example, see Moorey PRS, " Catalogue of Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum" (1971), 70-71, fig 50.
Condition: Intact overall in excellent condition, expected minor losses to the blade edge that is still surprisingly sharp. Museum quality custom mount. A very fine example.
Dimensions: Length: 12.5 inches (31.8 cm)
Provenance: The Herbert Kavet private collection of Ancient Weapons, acquired in Israel 1967, thereafter in a private Michigan collection.