A Near Eastern bronze dagger, c. 1200 - 1000 BC, dagger with blade and hilt cast as one piece, the hilt flanged with curved lappets over the guard which originally held the inlays in place. The blade long and narrow with shallow midrib. L: 14 1/4 in (36.1 cm). Well-preserved with attractive patination. Cf. Moorey, Catalogue of Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum, pp. 72, no. 4 for a similar type; Ex Essex, UK private collection.
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