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Luristani Bronze Sword Hilt w/ Double-Ear Pommel

Ancient Near East, northwestern Iran, Luristan, ca. 1000 to 600 BCE. A fine bronze sword hilt cast via the lost-wax (cire perdue) technique. The weapon boasts a solid rectangular handle and a flared neck with two lattice-patterned bands enclosing a horizontally-oriented linear band which comprise the hand guard. The pommel exhibits a distinctive Luristani "double-ear" style comprised of two decorated semi-circular "ears" which extend outwards at right angles to the handle. Remnants of the original iron blade are still visible below the guard and present a lovely oxidized surface. Covered in green and blue-green patina, this is a fabulous example of high-quality ancient weaponry! Size: 9.75" L x 3.125" W (24.8 cm x 7.9 cm).

The "double ear" style of sword - 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.

Condition: Most of original iron blade missing. Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age and use, oxidation to iron blade remnants, fading to some finer linear details, and light roughness across most surfaces. Nice earthen deposits as well as great green and blue-green patina throughout. Old inventory label on verso of handle.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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