Ancient Near East, Luristan, ca. 1100 BCE. A long iron sword with a triangular blade marked by a broad, flat midrib and an elaborate handle - disc-shaped flat pommels with an overhanging top pommel. The grip is divided into three sections by projecting metal rings. Luristan is famous for its bronzework, but its blacksmiths produced some of the oldest known decorated tools and weaponry in the world.