Here’s another update:
Recently picked up a decent sized lot of ancient Iranian arrowheads, which I documented and uploaded to the gallery
. I’m not providing direct links to those here, but they represent AE Arrowhead
#’s 19 – 27.
I do, however, want to provide links to two pickups that I find particularly interesting.
The first is what appears, at first glance, to be a Luristani dagger hilt with double-eared pommel. However, with about half the blade remaining, it measures only 2 ¾”. I would imagine that, with blade fully intact
, it would have measured about 3 1/4".
It was, then, an imitation of a Luristani dagger, but in a reduced scale
. Such miniature “daggers” are very rare
. I've only seen two for sale since I started collecting the weaponry a couple years back. (This being one of the two)
My specimen is listed as “AE Hilt #3” in my gallery
Such small imitative
daggers are described by Houshang Mahboubian
as surgical instruments. Whether or not that is a reasonable speculation, I don't know. Mahboubian
, who possesses what has been described as "one of the most magnificent collections
of early Iranian bronzes in the world," illustrates a number of them in his
book Art of Ancient Iran: Copper and Bronze
. I am providing the relevant illustration from his
However, such tiny weapons
are described elsewhere (in the listing of one on the market a while back) as having had
a probable “votive
or ceremonial function.” And, I suppose the votive
interpretation probably makes more sense to me than the surgical instrument theory. As you can see, in the upper part
of my image from Mahboubian
’s book, the ancient Iranians had
a number of surgical instruments which, it seems, were designed exclusively based on their function. One might rightly wonder, then, why some surgical instruments looked the part
– like instruments of surgery – while others would replicate daggers.
The other item I want to provide a link to is a socketed spearhead that I uploaded this evening. Described in the seller’s listing as being from Luristan, it is a reasonable match for one illustrated in Ezat O. Negahban’s Weapons from Marlik
– specifically, Plate X, figure 130. (As mentioned in my initial essay at the top of this thread
, “Luristan” is used pretty liberally for Late Bronze/Early Iron Age weaponry from Iran
and nearby southern Caspian Sea locations) I provide a pic from Negahban’s book below, as well.
AE Spearhead #20:https://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-167482