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Rare Caspian Sea Bronze Sword, ex-Harmer Rooke

Central Asia, Caspian Sea region, ca. 1200 to 800 BCE. A unique bronze short sword, cast in a single piece, with a wide midrib that continues into a wide tang. The tang splits in half and branches out into two terminals that look like budding, long-petaled flowers, a very rare style. This particular weapon does not bear marks of having been repeatedly sharpened for use, so it was probably made specifically to accompany a warrior in death. Comes with custom stand. Size: 5.5" W x 16.6" H (14 cm x 42.2 cm); height on stand: 17.6" (44.7 cm).

The area around the Caspian Sea, particularly on its southeast coast, and into modern day Iran, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Baluchistan (western Pakistan), was a cultural hotbed during this time period. The map of archaeological finds from there is studded with urban centers, large burial mounds, and technological and metallurgical innovation - especially in the production of amazing bronze artifacts, probably with influence from the innovative bronze (and later iron) artisans in Luristan (modern day northwestern Iran). People - both men and women - went to their graves with beautiful, well-made weapons like this one that were more than likely a sign of high status.

Condition: Smooth, dark green patina over surface. One side of tang has a slight bend. Losses to edge of blade, especially on one side.

Provenance: Ex-Kavet Collection, Massachusetts, acquired 1979 at Harmer Rooke Gallery, NYC

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