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MX1501

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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