A rare and interesting large bronze dagger, Wester Asia, Caspian Sea Region, likely Talish, ca. 1000 BC.
A large dagger, almost a short sword, a finely made blade with 4 central ribs, and a handle ending in a crescent shaped sort of guard. We belive that this dagger still have it's original grips of perhaps a soft stone like steatite or a kind of paste. There's small golden shiny flakes in the material.
Size: 37 cm., which is normally the largest size for an ancient dagger. Over 37 cm. we are talking a short sword, since ancient swords were considerably smaller than later swords.
Condition: Very fine, some corrosion and rough violet and green patina. A few cobber highlights from harsh cleaning and a nick to the blade, finely patinated grips - an attractive dagger. Ready for display but would improve much with some careful cleaning and retoring of the chip.
Ex. Johan Dæhnfeldt Estate Collection (2013).