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Ancient Bronze Sword Babylonian Luristan, 13th-12th cen

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Excellent authentic ancient Luristan bronze short sword form from the Bronze Age 13th -12th century BC. DETAILS: A tapering double-edged blade, a shaped hilt with an elliptical pommel, hollowed on each face for a pair of grip-scales. In the period when the sword was used, the handle would have had a bone or wooden insert, but these never survive three thousands years of time.
CONDITION: Excellent; no cracks or repairs, the surface is covered by a light patina and earth encrustation.
Most of the swords of this type and period are broken with modern repairs; this is a solid specimen with no repairs or restorations except for some minor nicks and bends which can be expected from an authentic 3000 year old weapon.
MEASUREMENTS: Overall length: 36.2 cm (14 1/4 inches).
REFERENCES: Similar daggers are published in the following references:
1) "A Survey of Persian Art: from Prehistoric Times to the Present" by Arthur Upham Pope Volume VII,
2) "Iran in the Ancient East" by Ernest E. Herzfeld.
This particular form of dagger is referred to in references as Luristan since the daggers were found in Luristan, but probably in fact are Babylonian. Quite a few of the daggers which are in the Musée du Louvre, British Museums, Teheran Museum, and in Mrs. Christian Holmes collection, are with inscriptions on the blades bearing the names of Babylonian kings of the Fourth Dynasty as Nebuchadnezzar I, Marduk-Nadin-Ahhe, Adad-Apal-Iddina, where according to the book by Ernest E. Herzfeld "Iran in The Ancient East" page 134 they belonged to Babylonian soldiers in Luristan.