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LOT 1325

Estimate
GBP (£) 120 - 170
EUR (€) 140 - 200
USD ($) 140 - 200

Sold for (Inc. bp): £143

WESTERN ASIATIC TANGED DAGGER BLADE
LATE 2ND-1ST MILLENNIUM B.C.
14 1/2 in. (275 grams, 37 cm).

A bronze dagger blade with prominently curved guard extending out from the ricasso of the blade, partly framing the hilt, thick midrib extending slightly above the ricasso.

PROVENANCE:
Acquired 1980-2015.
Ex Abelita family collection.

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

FOOTNOTES:
The hilt of such swords was made separately, and unfortunately are nearly always missing from the archaeological records. Similar daggers had a northern Iranian background and excavated examples have been recorded from the South Caspian Area from Tomadjan and Ghalekuti.

CONDITION