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.

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

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Throughout the Ancient World, from Greece to Persia, battles raged. The skilled Ancient Persian craftsmen, particularly in the Luristan area, developed great skill in bronze working, producing some of the finest weaponry then available. 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 850 g
Dimensions L 71.1 x W 5.3 cm



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