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Lot 30: Beautiful Crescent-Shaped Luristan Bronze Sword
27 October 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
Luristan, ca. 1000 to 600 BCE. This is a cast bronze sword with a flared, crescent-shaped hilt and a long, thin blade with pronounced ridge. At one time it would have had a handle made of wood, stone, or bone. Luristan, in modern-day northwestern Iran, was in a relatively crowded area in the Bronze Age, near the competing interests of the Babylonians and the Elamites. The mountain tribesmen of Luristan served as mercenaries for both of these powers and many of them were buried alongside swords like these. Size: 20.4" L x 2.7" W (51.8 cm x 6.9 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Estate of John Piscopo. Mr. Piscopo was one of the largest collectors of ancient weapons in the US with a collection that spanned all cultures, all ages.
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Condition Report: Intact, with much of the shape still clear, although there is heavy wear to the blade.