A TURQUOISE-INLAID BRONZE SWORD WARRING STATES PERIOD (475-221 BC)
The blade has a median ridge on each side and beveled edges that taper to the point. The narrow, faceted guard is inlaid with a simplified mask. There are two rings that encircle the handle below the circular pommel. 21 3/8 in. (54.3 cm.) long
Acquired in Hong Kong, 1995.
A detail of a similar guard and handle of a sword are illustrated by B. Karlgren and J. Wirgin in Chinese Bronzes: The Natanael Wessén Collection, Stockholm, 1969, no. 43 b, pl. 55.
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