London, South Kensington
25 April 2001
A LURISTAN BRONZE DAGGER
CIRCA 12TH-9TH CENTURY B.C.
The lower part of the slender hilt cast in imitation of an inlaid flanged hilt, with 'ear'-shaped pommel, finely chased lines flanking dotted zigzag and lines of dots between the two semicircular 'ears', similar chased dots and lines at top of the hilt
16 3/8 in. (41.6 cm.) long
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Cf. P. R. S. Moorey, Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1971, pp. 74-75, pl. 6, no. 51 for similar.
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