Luristan Bronze Short Sword
An ancient Luristan bronze short sword with elongated triangular blade embedded in a hilt with an open-cast crescent pommel.
Ca. 1500 - 1000 BC.
Luristan objects, including impressive and numerous decorative bronze horse trappings and weapons, are found mainly in western Persia. Luristan artifacts are most likely the work of the ancient Medes, an Indo-European group that eventually dominated Persia.
cf.: A. MacGregor, Antiquities From Europe and the Near East in the Collection of The Lord McAlpine of West Green (Oxford, 1987), p. 132, no. 17.32.
Formerly in a New York private collection.