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Title: An Inscribed Dagger at the National Museum of Iran
Subtitle: Forgery or Genuine?
Author(s): VAHDATI, A.A.
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 42    Date: 2007   
Pages: 221-227
DOI: 10.2143/IA.42.0.2017877

Abstract :
In the past seventy years inscribed bronze objects were reported in considerable numbers from unknown sites said to be in Luristan. A major group of these inscribed bronzes are weapons, predominantly daggers. This paper discusses an inscribed bronze dagger, allegedly from Luristan, which is now housed in the National Museum of Iran, Tehran. Taking a closer look at the dagger and its inscription, I propose that it can not typologically be attributed to the Achaemenid period and its inscription is a fake. Although the dagger has early first millennium parallels in western Iran, I suggest before it is accepted as genuine, that it must be submitted to technical analysis to see if the inscription has been engraved on a genuine blade.

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