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Iberian falcata - 53 cm, 4th century BC

Lot reference 15524251
Iberian falcata - 53 cm, 4th century BC

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Culture: Iberian - Place: Europe - Date: 4th century BC - Material: Iron

Exceptional Iberian falcata, made of iron, it’s complete and very well conserved (see the photos, please). The point remains intact. The horse-head hilt keeps the nails to secure the wood butts.

The falcata was treated and stabilized for its conservation. A complete restoration report is included, as well as a base and a made-to-measure closed glass case.

It includes the previous invoice and a certificate of authenticity, as well as all the documents of legal provenance. This was part of a very important Spanish private collection (M. F. collection).

Falcatas were swords used by the Iberian peoples. They were made to measure for each warrior and once they dead they were buried with them.

They were manufactured with 3 iron sheets welded together. The central sheet was longer to form the hilt. This ended in an animal head, usually a bird of prey or a horse. Once the sword was forged, this was buried for 2 or 3 years in order to get pure iron. The Romans feared these swords. Texts of the time mention that the Romans reinforced their shields thanks to the Hispanic swords.

Falcatas were so important that votive offerings have been found shaped like a falcata and Iberian warriors’ votive offerings carry them to show them with pride to the gods.

This piece has a significant historic value and it’s very rare, with an impeccable conservation and provenance. An export permit is needed for shipping outside of the European Union. This may take some time. Taxes must be borne by the buyer.

The shipping cost includes the appropriate packaging of the piece, which is bulky, as well as a minimum shipping insurance. This may be improved at the buyer’s request.

The seller guarantees to have obtained this lot by legal means.


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United States $240.34
Austria $120.17
Belgium $120.17
Canada $240.34
Denmark $120.17
France $120.17
Germany $120.17
Ireland $120.17
Italy $120.17
Luxembourg $120.17
Netherlands $120.17
Norway $120.17
Poland $120.17
Portugal $120.17
Spain $120.17
Sweden $120.17
Switzerland $120.17
United Kingdom $120.17
Rest of Europe $120.17
Anywhere else $240.34

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