Luristan Bronze Dagger


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.

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SKU: LD-292 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 been 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.

Weight 243.3 g
Dimensions L 42 x W 5.6 cm



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

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