A specimen of the "inlaid type" bronze short swords, usually attributed to Luristan and dating to circa 1000 - 900 B.C. These weapons were made in many parts of Western Asia, but especially Luristan was a center for the production of the type. The hilt of these swords was once inlaid with perishable materials such as wood, bone, ivory, or sometimes cloth, materials which have hardly ever survived.
Near Eastern, probably Luristan, circa 1000 - 900 B.C.
Length circa 34 cm.
Dutch private collection, acquired from Senatus Consulto Gallery, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark in May 2003; before that Danish collection, formed in the beginning of the 20th century.
Very fine condition, with a choice patina. Inlay of the hilt lost. Some cleaning scratches and staining, but overall very nice.