Rare Achaemenid Ceremonial Silver Dagger with Sacred Goats and Beast

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Seller: randall3563 (914) 100%, Location: Auburn, California, Ships to: US, Item: 202639433772 Achaemenid Culture Circa 5th Century BC 27 cm Long / 10-1/2 inches 173 gr Fabulous animal themed dagger cast in silver during Achaemenid rule of the Persian empire. "The Achaemenid dynasty (559-331 B.C.) ruled the biggest empire the ancient world had ever seen. Commanding lands from India to Ethiopia and Libya to Afghanistan, the Great Kings of Persia demanded loyalty and tribute from the conquered peoples who made up their vast realm, and the walls of their ceremonial capital at Persepolis in the heart of Iran abound with images of foreign delegations carrying tribute to their monarch. Amidst the gold, silver, textiles and precious stones brought to the ruler is a rich abundance of exotic wildlife: Asiatic lions, Bactrian camels, zebu, wild asses, and Arabian horses. Textual evidence alerts us to the presence of parrots, peacocks, and wild jungle fowl at the Iranian court as well as the probability that the Achaemenid Persians were familiar with rhinoceroses, tigers, and even okapi. The exotic fauna were living offerings from the four quartersof the empire, breathing symbols of the Great King’s power and his control of his vast dominions." This dagger is fantastic. The blade seems to come out of a crowned animal's mouth (possibly a boar but hard to identify). The hilt ends in back-to-back heads of a goat. The goat was a popular and powerful animal image in Achaemenid culture. The horns atop the heads are arranged in a circular/crown-like fashion and the details of the ears and eyes and snouts and fur are beautifully executed. Condition is very good. Some pitting of the blade and two shallow linear splits/scratches but the animal images are top notch. A simple vertical wooden display stand is included as well as a nice wooden wine box that holds the dagger and stand. A copy of the original dealer's COA will also accompany the purchase. -------------------------- California Sales Tax is charged on all sales made within or shipped within the State of California. The only exception is for holders of a valid California State Resellers Permit, a copy of which must be made available to me in order to be exempt from the tax. California Sales Tax is not charged by me on out-of-state sales or international sales. International sales are processed through ebay's Global Shipping Program which handles all pertinent duties, fees and value added taxes. -------------------------- See my website souktopia.com for more interesting antiquities, antiques, historical collectibles, fossils, art, coins, jewelry and colored gemstones. Please contact me if you want to see an item listed on eBay. Condition: Intact...Very Good Condition., Material: Silver, Provenance: Ex London Dealer/Auction House

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