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Elamite Bronze Sword - LK.099
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 900 BC to 800 BC
Dimensions: 19.3" (49.0cm) high
Collection: Near Eastern
Medium: Bronze


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: Great Britain
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Elam was an ancient kingdom of Asia, situated north of the Persian Gulf and east of the Tigris River, and corresponding approximately to the present day province of Khuzistan. According to the written history it was lasting from around 3200 BC to 539 BC, which is one of the oldest civilizations in the world. The Elamite Empire has been overshadowed in history by the rival kingdoms of Babylon and Assyria. However, their extraordinary metalwork survives to this day, a testament to the expertise of their craftsmen.

The sword is a marvellous product of a culture adept in bronze working, created during the time of the early European Iron Age. The cross guard and tang of the sword are cast in one piece with the blade. The hilt would have been wrapped with leather to provide a comfortable grip for the user, and the end of the tang, protruding beyond the grip of the hilt, would have been topped with a pommel, perhaps of wood or a precious metal, and set in place with a cross pin.

Such an item could only have been the prized possession of a wealthy ranked person. While the kings of Elam once ruled over a vast empire, no doubt amassing countless priceless treasures, today their memory is preserved through the remnants of their wealth. This sword is by all means, a lasting tribute to a vanished empire. - (LK.099)

 

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