London, South Kensington
6 November 2002
A NORTH-WEST PERSIAN BRONZE SHORT SWORD
LATE 2ND/EARLY 1ST MILLENNIUM B.C.
With splayed pommel and ribbed hilt, both flanged to take wooden inlay (partially preserved), the triangular blade with shallow mid-rib and rectangular guard; and an Urartian bronze shield with conical central umbo and gently everted rim, pair of holes pierced on opposite sides of rim, circa 8th Century B.C.
15 in. (38.1 cm.) long and 14 in. (35.5 cm.) diam. respectively (2)
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Item two: cf. P. Schauer, Der Rundschild der Bronze-und frühen Eisenzeit, Jahrbuch Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Mainz, 1980, p. 196ff for similar.
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