Luristan Greco Bronze Archaic Blade Weapon Short Sword Dagger Knife Khard NR yqz
Middle to Near Eastern 1200 – 800 BCE
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Middle Eastern, 1200 – 800 BCE. Luristan Greco Bronze Archaic Blade Weapon Short Sword Dagger Knife Khard. The blade with pronounced mid rib and tapering from the integral crescentic hilt abruptly and ending in a rounded point. The grip integrally cast and un-flanged and ending in a circular section heavy pommel. The bronze of olive green patina with old separation of the bronze layers at some points along the blade and a few newer chipped areas revealing grey metal below. The blade with areas of relative sharpness surviving despite the degradation of the metal. The crescentic hilt seen more commonly on hafted blades with separate cast hilts as opposed to a flat hilt. It measures approx. 17 1/4″ long, the blade itself approx. 13 3/8″.
Generally speaking, the silhouette of the abrupt tapering of the blade near the hilt appears in sword and dagger blades in Greece and the eastern Mediterranean from the 16th century BCE onwards, but almost always with blades hafted to hilts, and in time with blades with extended tangs. The integrally cast full hilt appears to be from 14th century BCE onwards, and particularly moving further east where bronze production and availability may have been greater.
This item appears to have the design, craftsmanship of an archaic example and the bronze having an appropriate level of corrosion, verdigris and patination. To the best of our opinion, it is of the stylistic dating commonly agreed by scholars to be approximately late 2nd millennium to early first millennium BCE, however, it is being sold as is, without metal analysis, radiography or other testing and without guarantee of dating.