Sword

Near Eastern, Iranian, Luristan
Iron Age
10th–9th century B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 40.8 cm (16 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

30.560

Medium or Technique

Bronze

On View

Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Swords, daggers, knives

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.

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund