Luristan Bronze Sword Blade


A Luristan cast bronze sword blade featuring a long, ovate double-edged blade with a prominent mid-rib. The blade is slightly pinched before a characteristic tri-pointed finial. This is composed of two spikes on either side of the tang where a hilt would have been attached.

The piece is supplied with a custom-made stand.

Date: Circa 1200-800 BC
Provenance: Ex major London collection 1970-2010.
Condition: Fine condition. Patination and earthly encrustations to the surface.


SKU: CY-122 Category: Tag:

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 and the Kassites 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 of 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 learn more about the metalwork of ancient Luristan, visit our relevant blog post: Ancient Luristan and the Luristan Bronzes.

Weight 396.5 g
Dimensions L 47.6 x W 4.8 cm



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

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