- Museum number
Silver hilt with 'split ear' pommel decorated with winged lion on base and lion mask; hilt was cast onto an iron blade.
- Production date
- 9thC BC-8thC BC
Length: 6.56 inches
- Curator's comments
The style of the hilt is canonically that of other Early Iron Age metalwork from Luristan but this object is exceptional in being made of silver rather than bronze.
Smith wrote to the 'Illustrated London News' on 18/11/37 (reply dated 29/11/37, as published two days previously on p. 952), that although the shape resembles a sword from Ardabil (in the BM) and a short dagger from the Elburz region (cf. BMQ 11, no. 2, pl. XXI), the styles of the animals represented on this hilt resembled, in his opinion, the art of Achaemenid glyptic and he therefore concluded a 6th-4th century BC date for the piece, although he conceded that "the absence of the curl at the tip of the wing of the lion on the central plate ... may perhaps be thought to point to a slightly earlier date".
- On display (G52/dc2)
- Exhibition history
G52/IRAN/16/27, from official opening 17/11/95.
G49/IRAN, 16 Jun-23 Dec 1994.
Iranian Room [IR], case ?, no. 10, Jul 1975-ca 1990.
Persian Landing [PL], wall-case [WC] 1, bottom shelf.
- Blade broken.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Deposited on offer on 19 October 1937 by one "M. Hakim" of 33 Craubourn Street, London WC2 [probably the dealer Mr Abdullah Hakim]. The Seven Pillars of Wisdom Fund granted £250 towards the purchase of this object, as reported to Trustees November 1937, where the object is described at length; further correspondence from Smith to the 'Illustrated London News' on 18/11/37 (reply dated 29/11/37, as published two days previously on p. 952).
- Middle East
- BM/Big number
- Registration number