PERSIAN AND LURISTAN DAGGERS
1st Millennium B. C.
"Swords are a weapon form tending to exhibit a slower, more conservative evolution. Although earlier, these are all types that Alexander would have readily recognized in the hands of his adversaries."
The first with hilt of waisted form, open cast with a pattern of triangles, inlays missing, domed pommel decorated with openwork cruciform pattern, (26.5 cm) long; another similar, the long blade with pronounced mid-rib, openwork hilt and crescentic guard, (40.7) long; a Bronze blade with short pierced tang, the blade cast with multiple grooves, early 1st millennium B. C., (45.8 cm) long; and two Luristan bronze daggers with flanged hilts, early 1st millennium B. C., (45 cm) long max. Provenance: Acquired in 1987, Frankfurt.