An attractive grey-slipped chalice, Northern Iran, c.1,300 - 1,000 BC, with rounded body incised with vertical lines, small pedestal foot and tall, flared mouth. H: 7 7/8" (20.2 cm). Intact and a choice example!
A Luristan bronze finial with horned goats, early 1st Millennium BC, both rampant and cast with attenuated bodies, their horns sweeping back and heads detailed, small wings on their backs. The front and back legs forming the upper and lower rings, which would have been fitted over the base. Intact and a more simplistic and elegant form of this prolific artifact type of Western Iran. H: 5" (12.8 cm). Cf. Legrain, "Luristan Bronzes in the University Museum" (1934), pl. 1, no. 6 for ...click for details
A Luristan bronze dirk which has been broken in antiquity, late 2nd millenium BC, with hilt and blade originally cast in one piece. The hilt and penannular rib is flanged to take inlays, which is a more unusual feature on these types of weapons. The blade is heavy and well preserved with a narrow and very prominent midrib. The patination along the edges of the break suggest it was broken in antiquity, most likely for ritual purposes. Original length: 16 1/2” (43 cm). In nice condition and a most ...click for details
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A Luristan bronze dagger set into an antique ivory handle, late 2nd millennium BC. Blade is leaf shaped with broad midrib and long tang set into an antique ivory handle. Intact with a few minor chips to the handle. L: 13 3/4” (34.7 cm). Cf. Moorey, "Catalogue of Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum," p.66, nos. 38-40 for type. A nice example with a handle similar to the types these daggers originally possessed.
A choice bronze dirk from Western Iran, late 2nd millenium BC, with hilt and blade cast in one piece. The open cast crescentic pommel with three raised ribs across the top, open on either side and flanged for inlay. Blade of tapering triangular form with square shoulders, rectangular guard with 2 grooves, and rounded midrib. Intact with signs of repeated sharpening in antiquity. A very handsome example! Cf. Moorey, "Catalogue of Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum," p.77, n ...click for details
A horse bit of twisted bronze wire, Western Iran, 2nd millenium BC. An early example of a horse bit called the “snaffle bit”, which applies direct pressure to the horse’s mouth. In excellent condition with a nice green patination. L: 8 1/4” (20.8 cm).
A carnelian Sasanian intaglio, Iran, c.4th - 5th Century AD, depicting a well defined bird with three oval devices before. Charming detail with a good polish. 9 x 7mm. Would make a nice ring. Ex Los Angeles collection.
Islamic bronze pear-shaped bottle, Iran, 9th - 10th Century AD. Nicely decorated with lotus buds in relief, neck ending in rosette-shaped mouth. Intact with deep patination with areas of green and red. H: 5 3/16" (13.7 cm). Ex London collection, acquired in the 1980's.