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LOT 1237

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Western Asiatic Dagger with Integral Handle

11th century BC

A bronze flanged dagger with integrally preserved bifurcated hilt, triangular blade, the open handle intended to accept a now lost bifurcated pommel. 20 grams, 30.5cm (12"). Fine condition.

Ex Abelita family collection, 1980-2015.

See a similar dagger in Muscarella, O.W., Bronze and Iron Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1988, pp.286-287, with the gold pommel still preserved; see also parallels in Calmeyer, P., 'Datierbare bronzen aus Luristan und Kirmanshah' in Untersuchungen sur Assyriologie und vorderasiatischen Archaeologie, Berlin, 1969.

These flanged type of daggers with bifurcated hilts find parallels in Iran, and are usually dated to the 11th century BC (Calmeyer, 1969, p.61, figs.60-61). Related examples from Hasanlu have a more pronounced splayed pommel and a square guard.