Luristan Bronze Sword with Large Spherical Pommel

$4,070.82

An extremely fine and substantial Luristan bronze sword featuring a long triangular blade with a prominent midrib and sharp straight edges. The cylindrical hilt is incised with triangular motifs which continue across the guard. A pronounced disc sits midway with seven raised circular bands underneath further enriching the hilt. The grip swells into a large spherical pommel which balances the weight of the weapon. Two raised bands feature on its neck and five vertical ridges extend from the shoulder to the base. A hole is pierced where the vertical bands meet indicating the presence of an additional decorative attachment, which is now lost. A beautiful green and brown patina remains to the surface of the sword.

 

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

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SKU: MG-49 Category: Tags: ,

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 400 g
Dimensions L 57.2 x W 6.5 cm
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