Luristan Bronze Sword with Detailed Grip

$3,794.83

An exceptional Luristan bronze sword featuring a bifacial triangular blade covered in a beautiful olive-green patina. The blade displays a pronounced midrib with parallel blood channels either side. This feature makes the blade lighter and enhances its stability, gifting the weapon with good balance and manageability. The cylindrical hilt is connected to the blade by a penannular guard, two protruding knobs sit on either side of the handle, which is further enriched by two lateral ridges, allowing for a secure hold to the weapon. A flat disc guard tapers into a short pierced tang, indicating the presence of a decorative finial, which is now lost.

 

Date: Circa 1800-600 BC
Condition: Very fine condition. A few chips to the blades edges.

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SKU: MG-50 Category: Tag:

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 650 g
Dimensions L 54.5 x W 7.9 cm
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