Luristan Iron-Age Bronze Dirk

£ 395.00

A Luristan bronze short-sword with the blade and hilt cast in one piece. Featuring a broad flat midrib, the blade tapers to a point with slightly convex edges. The flanged hilt, used to receive the wood or bone inlay, are relatively long in proportion to the blade. The hilt features a rectangular guard leading to a crescent-shaped pommel. Minor accretions and encrustation to the surface.

Date: Circa 1200-1000 BC
Condition: Very Fine; covered with encrustations


SKU: GW-16 Category: Tag:

Luristan bronze come from the province of Lorestan, a region situated in the Zagros Mountains. In ancient 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 potable. This include many weapons, tools, ornament and finials along with miniature amulets and fittings. Cast bronze dirks, daggers and swords, especially those with the flanged hilts, are distinct example of Luristan bronze. Their flanged hilt, which directly derived from the western Persian prototype, are designed to receive the wood or bone inlays. 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 173.9 g
Dimensions L 34.7 x W 3 x H 1.5 cm



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