[Persia: circa 8th or 7th Century B.C.].
Unbound. A classic Luristan bronze short sword with a crescent design from the early first millennium B.C. Measures approximately 15¾" x 2". The blade and handle cast as one piece, with a medial ridge running up the entire blade, and the handle flanged for inlays. Recovered from the Adriatic Sea by James Jones, author of *From Here to Eternity*. In the early 1960s Jones became interested in sea diving and related activities, which he used as the backdrop of his 1967 novel *Go to the Widow-Maker* (a work which, when praised at all, was praised for its underwater scenes). The sword was made by the Indo-Iranian Lurs in southwestern Iran, famous for their bronze artifacts. A particularly fine piece, well-preserved with a smooth green patina, perfectly balanced and formed to the palm of one's hand.