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Set of (3) ‘Luristan’ bronze dagger blades

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Seller: bremaley (458) 100%, Location: Tucson, Arizona, Ships to: US, Item: 291932908114 A set of three ‘Luristan’ bronze dagger blades. I am only provisionally calling them ‘Luristan’, because that’s what I was told by the dealer who I purchased them from (please see the codicil on the dealer at the end of the listing), and because they seem fairly consistent with other Luristan bronze blades that I have seen in museums and private collections, and especially with ones on the antiquities market. On the market, however, the default description for any bronze blades like these is ‘Luristan’, even if they are from somewhere else in Persia, or from another culture or time period entirely. These particular blades came with no provenance whatsoever. Also, blades like these are referred to as ‘daggers’, ‘spear points’ and even ‘short swords’ on the market. To me, the first two seem more like spear points, and the last one looks like a bona fide dagger. I’m not an expert in Near-Eastern antiquities; for all I know, these could be decorative items or farming implements. The photos were taken outdoors, so the color is as accurate as I could get it. Photos #1 and #2 are the ‘front’ and ‘back’ of the three blades. Photos #3, #4 and #5 are the top blade as it is turned from flat side to edge; #6, #7 and #8 are for the middle one; and #9, #10 and #11 are for the last blade. Descriptions of each blade, starting with the top one in photo #1: #1 Beautiful patina. You can see and feel the remnants of the raised center rib on both sides. The base of the blade is stepped where the tang begins, and this would naturally butt up to the top of the handle, pole or what-have-you. I haven’t seen this in many Persian examples, but, again, I’m not 100% certain of the origin. Dimensions: 8 7/8” x 1 3/8” at the widest point of the blade. #2 This one looks more like a spear point to me; however, it’s extremely thin for such a purpose, as you can see in photos #7, #8 and #9. It looks like it might have had up to three bends in it at some point, but it has been straightened rather nicely. The straightened bends are difficult to see, and don’t detract from the overall appearance. The surface has earth deposits on it. Dimensions: 9 1/2” x 1” at the widest point of the blade. #3 This blade has the appearance of both rusty iron and patinated bronze, but it’s definitely nonferrous metal because it isn’t magnetic. What you are seeing is some sort of scale or encrustation on the bronze. If you lightly tap on the ‘back’ side (photo #2 shows the ‘back’ sides of all three) by the blue oxidation near the tang, it has a slightly hollow sound, where the rusty-looking layer is lifting off of the under layer. The remains of the raised center rib can be seen and felt on both sides. Dimensions: 9 3/8” x 1 1/4” at the widest point of the blade. Unfortunately, the ‘reputable’ dealer who I acquired these from turned out to be far less than professional. His lack of expertise ranged from Persian weapons to Pre-Columbian pottery, and he didn’t even bother to check simple things like museum accession numbers prior to putting items up for sale. That being said, I’m fairly certain these are from antiquity. Material: Bronze, Provenance: Ownership History Not Available

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