A Luristan dagger cast from bronze featuring a double-edged long blade tapering towards the point. The substantial raised midrib runs parallel down the centre. Towards the end, the blade slightly narrows forming the waisted grip finishing with a tri-pointed finial, consisting of curved horns projecting on either side which would have been attached to a hilt.
Date: Circa 1800-600 BC Provenance: Formerly from a late Japanese gentleman's collection, 1970-2010. Condition: Excellent condition, green patina and earthly encrustation covers the surface.
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.
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