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Elamite Bronze Dirk with Gold Pommel and Inscription - PH.0158
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 1300 BC to 800 BC

Collection: Near Eastern
Style: Elamite

Location: Great Britain
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Elam is the Biblical designation of a people and a country in the southern area of the Iranian plateau in the Zagros mountains E and NE of the valley of the Tigris. It is approximately equivalent to the present Iranian province of Khuzistan. The name derives from the Elamite Haltamti. It is the Elamtu of the Assyrians and the Babylonians and the Elymais of the Greeks who also called it Susiana from the capital Susa (Shushan), modern Shush. The Elamite culture is intriguing because little is known about it, with art objects such as this one providing a glimpse into their world. This celt seemingly depicted a stylized male figure, with evident facial features and arms with a rectangular body. Although the function of this piece is speculative, it nonetheless represents a unique culture that is often unmentioned in the realm of art history. - (PH.0158)


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