Bronze Age Luristan 'Type IV' Flange-Hilted Dagger
Copper-alloy, 330 grams, 371 mm. Circa 1000 BC. A triangular-bladed dagger with square shoulders and a thick midrib to the blade. The hilt is cast with lateral flanges which contained an organic inset grip on both faces; the upper end of the hilt features a substantial pelta-shaped flange. At the upper end of the blade is a penannular rib flanking the midrib. Reference: Khorasani, M.M. Arms and Armour from Iran - The Bronze Age to the End of the Qajar Period, Tuebingen, 2006 p.59-60. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection formed in the 1980's.