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Middle Bronze Age Dagger - FZ.370
Origin: Israel
Circa: 1900 BC to 1600 BC
Dimensions: 9.25" (23.5cm) high x 2.25" (5.7cm) wide
Collection: Biblical
Medium: Bronze

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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This exquisite weapon was forged at a time when bronze was the most valuable metal, worth far more than gold. Thus the intrinsic value of this object in its own time leads one to question its function. Was it simply a dagger used for hunting or self-defense? Did it serve a higher ritual purpose, possibly used for offering sacrifices? We will never know the answer, however we can assume that it was cherished in its own time. Not only was the material precious, but also the handle of the implement is decorated with an intricate pattern of arching diagonals and dots. What warrior or general might have wielded this weapon in battle? While these questions will remain a mystery, the beauty of this dagger is unquestionable. - (FZ.370)


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