November 7, 2016, 8:00 AM PST
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Lot 7: Long Luristan Bronze Dagger, ex-Piscopo(32 views)
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Estimate: $400 - $650
Luristan, ca. 1000 to 600 BCE. This is a tanged cast bronze dagger that at one time would have had a handle made of wood, stone, or bone. The blade is a long, tapering, triangle, with a wide, flat ridge in the center. Luristan, in modern-day northwestern Iran, was in a relatively crowded area in the Bronze Age, near the competing interests of the Babylonians and the Elamites. The mountain tribesmen of Luristan served as mercenaries for both of these powers and many of them were buried alongside daggers like these. Size: 14.75" L x 1.9" W (37.5 cm x 4.8 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Estate of John Piscopo. Mr. Piscopo was one of the largest collectors of ancient weapons in the US with a collection that spanned all cultures, all ages.
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Condition Report: Aside from one small area of corrosion to the blade,