A fine Luristan Bronze Short Sword, ca. 1200 - 800 BCE
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. Three flanges are complete and the wedge-shaped pommel with single rivet hole retains, in position the original bronze rivet, a band of simple chased geometric decoration runs around the outer edge of the hilt.
For a 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: Height: 15 3/4 inches (40 cm)
Provenance: Private Missouri collection from 2001, previously in the Phillip Adams Collection of Ancient Art, Sydney Australia since the 1970's.