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Ca. 1200-700 BC

An ancient bronze sword with a leaf-shaped blade that gracefully tapers to a sharp point, allowing for precise thrusting and cutting actions. Originating from Western Asia or the Aegean, the blade exhibits a pair of raised ribs, which serve to strengthen the structure of the weapon and enhance its visual appeal. The hilt of the sword is fashioned with a round-section shank, characterised by an intricately spiralling rib that enhances the aesthetics but also the grip of the weapon. The sword culminates in a D-shaped stone pommel, which contributes to the balance of the weapon and acts as a symbol of prestige and status.

Bronze weapons held paramount importance in Bronze Age Western Asia, revolutionising warfare and hunting. The adoption of bronze as a primary material for weaponry represented a significant technological advancement, as bronze offered superior strength, durability, and cutting capabilities when compared to earlier weapons crafted from stone or copper.


Provenance: Property of a North London gentleman; previously acquired on the UK/European art market in the 1980s.


SKU: JUL23128
  • Dimensions

    L: 590mm / W: 85mm ; 800g

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