A Luristan Bronze Dirk

£ 775.00

A Luristan dirk, cast in bronze and featuring a relatively long blade with well-developed midrib for strength. The weapon has a ridged handle with crescentic pommel at the top.

Date: Circa 1100 - 800 BC
Period: Iron Age
Condition: Fine condition. The metal is good and has an attractive cuprous green patination. Surfaces a little rough in places; light accretions.


SKU: AS-3536 Category: Tag:

Ancient Persian craftsmen developed great skill in bronze working, producing some of the finest tools and weaponry then available. These include a great number of ornaments, tools, weapons, horse-fittings, as well as a smaller number of vessels. They have been uncovered in recorded excavations, and have generally come from burials. The ethnicity of the people who created them remains unclear, though they may well have been Persian, and possibly related to the modern Lur people (who have given their name to the area).

Knives and dagger-blades were discovered in the graves of those who appear to have enjoyed high social status. The lower classes did not have the resources for, or entitlement to, richly equipped graves.

To discover more about the Luristan Empire, please visit our relevant blog post: The Luristan Empire: Beauty of Bronze.

Weight 395 g
Dimensions L 40.8 cm




Reference: P. R. S. Moorey, 'Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum', 1971, items 54 and 55.

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