Luristan Bronze Dagger Blade


A Luristan dagger blade cast from bronze consisting of a triangular double-edged blade with a pronounced midrib running along the centre. Extending out from the ricasso follows a prominently curved guard slightly framing the hilt. The hilt of such swords was made separately, and unfortunately is nearly always missing from the archaeological records.

Date: Circa 1800-600 BC
Provenance: Formerly from a late Japanese gentleman's collection, 1970-2010.
Condition: Fine condition, patination and early encrustation cover the surface. Edges are uneven and chipped.


SKU: LD-293 Category: Tag:

Bronze weapons represent the most common examples of Luristan metalwork and some of the finest weaponry then available. Among these, shaft-hole axes, adzes and pick-axes have been reported in great number and variety of forms, and have been vital to understanding the chronology and development of bronze metallurgy in the Lorestan region. Specifically, axe-heads such as this fine example reflect the influence of Elamite and Mesopotamian metalwork in the area. Mostly recovered in funerary contexts, Luristan weapons were likely to have been used not only in everyday life, but also hold ceremonial purposes.

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

Weight 178.9 g
Dimensions L 39.6 x W 6.5 cm



Reference: For a similar item, please seeThe Metropolitan Museum, item 61.261.6

You may also like…