Luristan Bronze Sword Blade

A large ancient Luristan bronze sword blade with a flat mid-rib, high rounded shoulders at the hilt, and a chiseled tang with organic remains in the bronze patina.

Ca. 1500 - 1000 BC.
Length: 17 in. (43.2 cm).

Luristan objects, including impressive and numerous decorative bronze horse trappings and weapons, are found mainly in western Persia. Luristan artifacts are most likely the work of the ancient Medes, an Indo-European group that eventually dominated Persia.

cf.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, no. 61.261.6; A. MacGregor, Antiquities From Europe and the Near East in the Collection of The Lord McAlpine of West Green (Oxford, 1987), p. 132, no. 17.33.
Formerly in a New York private collection.
Inv#: 8863
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