Luristan Sword Blade with Blood Channels


A Luristan sword blade cast from bronze featuring multiple fullers tapering to the pointed tip. The blade is of a leaf shape with rounded shoulders leading to a sharp point, at the base extends a short, flat tang. Down the centre is a thick ridged midrib and the fullers appear as five parallel grooves, originally functioning as blood channels. The bronze has been cleaned and polished and there are a few minor chips around the shoulders. Beautiful green patination is visible to the surface, there is a white marking to the tang from the previous provenance.

Date: Circa 1200 - 600 BC
Provenance: Ex Maurice Braham, acquired from the above.Lord Alistair McAlpine collection.
Condition: Excellent condition, the surface is clear and smooth, some patination on the surface.


SKU: AG-37 Category: Tag:

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 295.5 g
Dimensions L 42 x W 6 cm



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