A Luristan bronze flanged Dirk with original stone Inlay, ca 1200-800 BC

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.


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