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Luristan Bronze Pommel Dagger - Double Ear

Ancient Near East, Luristan (sometimes called Amlash), ca. 1200 to 800 BCE. A fine bronze dagger of the "double ear" pommel style, made by highly trained urban artisans using the lost wax casting technique. The blade was cast first, and then the handle was cast onto it. The handle is of the inlay style and has two remaining bronze pins (of three) for holding the inlaid material (bone, ivory, or wood) in place. Size: 1.55" W x 13.25" H (3.9 cm x 33.7 cm); height on stand: 14.8" (37.6 cm).

The dagger has a tapering blade with a slight penannular rib and square shoulders. The flanged hilt has a circular guard and terminates in the highly distinctive double-eared pommel.

The "double ear" style - with both bronze and iron blades - has been excavated from graves in southern Azerbaijan, the Talish and Dailaman regions of northwest Iran, and the urban sites of Geoy Tepe and Hasanlu, also in northwestern Iran. Another, with both bronze pommel and blade, was pulled from the Caspian Sea, where it may have been thrown as an offering. Ancient Iran was a culture rich in dramatic bronze creations. A class of nomadic horse lords and ladies commissioned bronze items from artisans in urban centers. Cast in a single piece using the lost wax casting technique, this weapon and ones like it ultimately came to grace the graves of elite warriors.

Condition: Losses to edges of blade as shown; light green patina overall, with encrustation in handle and pommel.

Provenance: Ex-Kavet Collection, Massachusetts, acquired 1976 at Harmer Rooke Gallery, NYC

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