Large Luristan Bronze Sword


An extremely fine Luristan cast bronze sword featuring a large triangle-shaped double-edged blade with a slightly raised midrib. The handle is perfectly intact with the blade, with the handle featuring three sections of three equally spaced concentric lines. The pommel is crescent-shaped, with incised horizontal lines decorating its bottom. The entire sword is covered in a beautiful green patination.

Date: Circa 1800-600 BC
Provenance: Ex. London Collection, formed between 1990 - present.
Condition: Extremely fine, nice patination to the surface.


SKU: CS-30 Category: Tag:

Luristan bronze comes from the province of Lorestan, a region situated in the area of modern South-Western Iran. In ancient times a number of nomadic populations, such as the Medes, the Kassites and eventually the Persians, settled in the area. Due to the nomadic nature of the tribes, none of the Luristan bronzes were of great size, since it was required for them to be light and portable. Their artwork mainly comprises ornaments, vessels and weapons. Most of Luristan weapons have been recovered in funerary contexts, suggesting that such weapons would have used not only in everyday life but also with ceremonial purposes.

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

Dimensions L 41.2 x W 7.9 cm



Reference: For a similar item, The British Museum, item 1973,1220.14

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