Bronze short-sword/dirk, cast in one piece, with blade and hilt cast in one piece; flanged hilt to receive the wood or bone inlay; handle pierced towards the top to receive the securing rivet; a rectangular guard with lappets on both sides which were used to secure the inlay.


Circa 900-750 BC.


Very Fine condition; the metal stable with patination and a few light encrustations.

Length 35 cms (13.8 ins)


Literature: For general type, see items 47-50; Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmoleon Museum: P.R.S. Moorey. Circa 900-750 BC.


A similar example is also in the National Museum of Iran; see item 4, flanged hilt daggers, dirks and swords; Khorasani, M.M. Arms and Armour from Iran.


Purchased from a prominent London dealer and previously acquired legally on the UK Arts market in the 1990's.

Good-sized Iron-age weaponry bronze short-sword

SKU: J316
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