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LOT 1301

Estimate
GBP (£) 180 - 240
EUR (€) 220 - 290
USD ($) 250 - 330

Opening Bid
£180 (EUR 215; USD 245) (+bp*)

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Western Asiatic Dagger Blade with Crescentic Grip

Late 2nd-1st millennium BC

A bronze dagger blade with prominently curved guard, which extends out from the ricasso of the pointed blade and partly frames the hilt, thick midrib extending slightly above the ricasso where it held the hilt. 308 grams, 37.5cm (14 3/4"). Fine condition.

Provenance
Ex Abelita family collection, 1980-2015.

Literature
See similar swords in Muscarella, O.W., Bronze and Iron Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1988, pp.99-100.

Footnotes
The hilt of such swords was made separately, and unfortunately is nearly always missing from the archaeological records. The wooden pommel and hilt presumably would have fit onto the central point. Similar daggers had a northern Iranian background and excavated examples have been recorded from the South Caspian Area from Tomadjan and Ghalekuti.