Luristan Bronze Sword with Large Spherical Pommel


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.


SKU: MG-49 Category: Tags: ,

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. This includes many weapons, tools, ornaments and finials along with small amulets and fittings. The decorative technique is predominately openwork with Scythian art influences. Cast spike-butted axes are hallmarks of Luristan bronze weaponry during the First Iron Age Period, between 1200 and 1000 BC. Most of the Luristan bronze items have been recovered in funerary contexts, suggesting they had a ceremonial function.

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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