Near Eastern, Iranian, Luristan
10th–9th century B.C.
Length: 40.8 cm (16 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)
Sword, handle with hollowed panels on each side (for inlaid grip). Copper bronze, with green patina, encrusted with earth. Crack across handle, probably broken and mended.
By 1930, acquired in Iran, probably by Ayoub Rabenou, Paris; 1930, sold by Rabenou, through Arthur Upham Pope (b. 1881 - d. 1969), Paris, to the MFA [see note]. (Accession Date: August 7, 1930)
NOTE: MFA accession nos. 30.544-30.637 were purchased from Arthur Upham Pope for $15,000, plus a $2250 commission. According to Pope, the majority of the group belonged to Rabenou.
Maria Antoinette Evans Fund