Bronze Age ceremonial dirk will be sold at Christie’s

A ceremonial dirk discovered in the remains of a Bronze Age settlement in the Netherlands will star in an auction at Christie’s.

The lot dates to 1500-1350 BC.

Bronze age dagger

The dagger was found near the Dutch city of Ommen

It’s valued at £80,000-120,000 ($102,080-153,120) in the July 5 sale.

It’s part of the Ommerschans Hoard, which was discovered in a peat deposit on the outskirts of the city of Ommen in the 1980s.

It’s one of six examples of the “Plougrescant-Ommershans” type, which are characterised as being unusually large (over 26 inches in length) and unified by the design of the blade.

It’s likely they were created as votive offerings (probably by the same maker).

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