A CANAANITE BRONZE SICKLE SWORD
Catalog:Bronze:Tools and Weapons: stock #1370968
Late Bronze Age; c. 1400-1300 BCE
Sickle swords were among the most effective short-range weapons of the Late Bronze Age Levant and most likely developed out of the Middle Bronze Age battle ax. This sword was cast with an integral hilt which is visually distinguished from the sword by a raised rectangle at the end of the blade. The blade remains straight and without an edge near the hilt before curving into the arched blade with a cutting edge that typifies this piece.
In excellent condition with natural patina present.
From the private American collection.
Yigael Yadin, â€śThe Art of Warfare in Biblical Lands: In the Light of Archaeological Discoveryâ€ť, (Jerusalem: 1963), 78-79.
Sariel Shalev, "Swords and Daggers in Late Bronze Age Canaan" (Stuttgart: 2004)
â€śThey will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.â€ť (Isaiah 2:4)
â€śAll those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lordâ€™s, and he will give all of you into our handsâ€ť (1 Samuel 17:7)