Lot 30: Beautiful Crescent-Shaped Luristan Bronze Sword

Artemis Gallery

October 27, 2016, 7:00 AM PST
Louisville, CO, US
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Description: 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. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #112739
Condition Report: Intact, with much of the shape still clear, although there is heavy wear to the blade.
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