Luristan Bronze Long Sword with Stabbing Hilt


An exceptional Luristan bronze long sword, featuring a bifacial triangular blade and a stabbing hilt covered in a beautiful blue and green patina. The blade displays a pronounced midrib running parallel with two deep narrow fullers. This feature makes the blade lighter and enhances its stability, gifting the weapon with good balance and manageability. The blade rests into a tridentate lower guard with slightly barbed shoulders, sloping into a columnar grip. Eight vertical bands with raised pointillé detailing enrich the grip and allow a more secure hold on the sword. A conical pommel with four projecting spurs and an acute point features at the bottom of the weapon. The two sides are separated by a central aperture, parallel from each other and are decorated with a u-shaped groove with three dots.

Date: Circa 1800-600 BC
Condition: Very fine condition.


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 850 g
Dimensions L 71.1 x W 5.3 cm



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