Luristan bronze sword with disc knob - rare type - 613mm

Luristan bronze sword with disc knob - rare type - 613mm
1000 B C - Luristan/ Northern Iran

Bronze sword with disc knob, Northern Iran, late 2nd - early 1st century B C

Separately crafted, bay leaf-shaped blade with triple-ribbed middle ridge. Maximum blade width 6.8 cm Multi-part issue with round rod handle in the middle, whose elements are held together by the hinge of the blade. The lower, solid and the upper wrapping part of the blade is horizontal on top and has five different long points on the bottom. Above two cylindrical tubes, with an upper one on top of the lower one showing iron oxides, which stem from a formerly existing iron sleeve. On top the richly decorated knob with a cone-shaped bottom and a slightly conical middle tube, which are decorated with grand concentric lines with notches. Finally a disc, which has been hammered to a flat surface in the middle as well as the end of the hinge. At the top of the disc a few concentric ornamental zones with internal structure of triangular rows, carved decoration and dots. Dark green patina on a partially visible cuprite layer. Knob disc with crack. The blade with some minor nicks and partial oxide layers. Exceptional shape that fits well in the diverse spectrum of the region. Length 61.3 cm

The region of Luristan gained a legendary reputation for casting bronze weapons during the Bronze Age. The bronze wrought of Luristan produced weapons for customers in Babylon and in Assyria. Many of these customers were kings and nobles from these kingdoms, as the engravings of their names on some daggers and swords from Luristan show.

Provenance: Collection Gehlen
Acquired Hermann Historica (Munich)

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