A fine Luristan bronze flanged short Sword, ca 1200-800 BC

cast in one piece using the lost wax process, the fine, sharp blade tapers with a low, broad midrib; the guard juts out slightly to form two points and tapers into a flanged hilt.  The flanges are complete and the wedge shaped pommel with single rivet hole retains, in position the original rivet, 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 hilt flanges that do not detract.  Museum quality custom mount.  A wonderful piece! 

Dimensions: Length: 15.5 inches (39.3 cm)

Provenance:  Private Missouri collection from 2001, previously in the Phillip Adams Collection of Ancient Art, Sydney Australia since 1970's.


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