Elamite Bronze Leaf Shaped Dagger


A exquisite Elamite bronze dagger with incised decoration on the blade. The dagger’s hollow hilt is undecorated, featuring an ergonomic shape for the holding of the weapon. The leaf shaped blade is enriched with incisions featuring a geometrical pattern, arranged at the base of the blade and a central mid rib along all its length with two parallel “blood channels” either side.

Date: Circa 3rd Millennium BC
Condition: Very fine condition, rich green patination covers the surface. Minor holes to the handle.


SKU: CS-254 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).

Luristan weapons were influenced by Elamite and Mesopotamian metalwork in the area circa 2500 – 1500 BC.

Weight 124.5 g
Dimensions L 21.5 x W 5.22 cm



Reference: For a similar item, The British Museum, item number 1936,0613.151

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