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.

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Luristan bronze comes from the province of Lorestan, a region situated in the Zagros Mountains. 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. Cast spike-butted axes are hallmarks of Luristan bronze weaponry during the First Iron Age Period, between 1200 and 1000 BC. Most of Luristan bronze items have been recovered in funerary contexts.

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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