London, South Kensington
6 November 2002
A NORTH-WEST PERSIAN BRONZE SWORD
LATE 2ND/EARLY 1ST MILLENNIUM B.C.
The hilt with conical pommel, spirally twisted grip and crescentic guard, the hollow-cast pommel with pierced holes around the base, the long blade with ridged mid-rib
28½ in. (72.5 cm.) long
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Cf. P. R. S. Moorey, Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1971, p. 78, no. 57 for similar.
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