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Lot 0028C
**Originally Listed At $750**

Ancient Near East, northwestern Iran, Luristan, ca. 1000 to 600 BCE. Two beautiful bronze weapons, made using the lost wax casting process: a dagger and a spearhead. The dagger has a sharply tapering blade that, unusually for many weapons from Luristan, appears to have been repeatedly sharpened (most weapons seem to have been made only for the grave). The handle of the dagger has openings for large inlays - these were probably once set with ivory, bone, or even a precious metal like gold or silver. The spearhead is a classic Luristan style associated with the site of Marlik: a long tapering blade with a flattened midrib that flows into a short tang; the shoulders / guard of the spearhead flare outward at its top. Size of largest: 14.5" L x 2" W (36.8 cm x 5.1 cm); 15.25" H (38.7 cm) on included custom stand.

Marlik, a major archaeological site associated with Luristan, is a mound that contained fifty-three rich tombs within which archaeologists found a large number of bronze weapons. These were placed into graves to provision the dead in the afterlife and remind those watching their internment of their wealth in life.

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection

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Both have very dark, nice patinas. There are tiny nicks from the blade edges, but both have well preserved forms. The tang of the spearhead is slightly corroded.

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Pair of Luristan Bronze Weapons - Dagger & Spearhead

Estimate $1,200 - $1,700Feb 1, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA