Editor's Note: This is a curious piece. It appears completely genuine but is in an exceptionally well preserved state. There are no notes on the Metropolitan Museum's listing to indicate the sword has been restored (in particular the grip is so perfectly intact it seems almost too good to be true), nonetheless superlative pieces like this sword do turn up from time to time. I reserve judgement on the sword as by all appearances it is absolutely genuine and housed in a museum with an excellent pedigree.
Date: possibly 2nd–4th century (Editor's Note: Presumably B.C.?) Medium: Steel, wood Dimensions: H. 20 15/16 in. (53.2 cm); H. of blade 17 in. (43.2 cm); W. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm); D. 13/16 in. (2.1 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 0.7 oz. (473.4 g) Classification: Knives Credit Line: The Collection of Giovanni P. Morosini, presented by his daughter Giulia, 1932 Accession Number: 32.75.260