In excavated condition, with broad double-edged blade with double central fuller over most of its length on each side, hilt comprising tapering cast bronze quillons with a central chevron on each side and moulded button terminals, and integral sleeve above and below made to fit over the base of the grip and mouth of a scabbard respectively, flat tapering tang, and bronze faceted cushion-shaped pommel with deep integral chape (open along one side).
65 cm. blade
Offered with a typed letter of expertise from Ewart Oakeshott dated 13 March 2001 stating his opinion as to the sword's date and country of origin, and drawing a comparison to a bronze hilt of 'the same form and construction' in the Louvre, Paris. [Oakeshott nominated the sword as possibly Fatimid or Seljuk]