Near Eastern Bronze Dagger
An ancient Near Eastern bronze dagger with an openwork grip and pseudo-inscription on blade.
Ca. 1500 - 1000 BC.
Luristan objects, including impressive and numerous decorative bronze horse trappings and weapons, are found mainly in western Persia. Luristan artifacts are most likely the work of the ancient Medes, an Indo-European group that eventually dominated Persia.
Formerly in St. Louis, Missouri private collection, acquired in 1964; previously with Norik Balassan in Chicago, Illinois.