Luristan Iron-Age Bronze Dirk


A Luristan bronze short-sword with blade and hilt cast in one piece. The hilt is flanged to receive the wood or bone inlay, fragments of which still remain, kept in situ by lappets on both sides.

Date: Circa 1200-1000 BC
Period: Iron-Age
Condition: Very Fine; mostly covered with encrustations, the metal stable with olive-green patination; very slight bend towards the tip.


SKU: PM-14 Category: Tag:

Ancient Persian craftsmen developed great skill in bronze working, producing some of the finest tools and weaponry then available. These include a great number of ornaments, tools, weapons, horse-fittings, as well as a smaller number of vessels. They have been uncovered in recorded excavations, and have generally come from burials. The ethnicity of the people who created them remains unclear, though they may well have been Persian, and possibly related to the modern Lur people (who have given their name to the area).

Weight 426 g
Dimensions L 38.5 cm



Time Period

Reference: Cf. Item 50; Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmoleon Museum: P.R.S. Moorey

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