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MX1516

Luristan Bronze Short Sword, ca. 10th - 8th century BC

fine bronze short sword cast using the lost wax process, featuring square shoulders, the blade, tapering to a sharp point, with prominent midrib and blood channels, a circular crescent guard encloses the upper part of the midrib. The hilt curves inward from a splayed pommel forming concave sides and is flanged to receive an inlay. 

For related example, see Oscar White Muscarella, "Bronze and Iron Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art" (1988), pg.102, fig. 169 and 170.

Condition:  Intact and in very good condition overall, museum quality custom mount.

Dimensions:   Height:   14.25 inches

Provenance :   Private Virginia collection since 1995, acquired from the German trade and previously in an old Germancollection acquired in the 1970's.

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