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Large Copper Alloy Axe Northern Iran 3-4000 yrs old

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Pre AD 1000   item# 1222853

Large Copper Alloy Axe Northern Iran 3-4000 yrs old
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$895 

This large and heavy copper alloy axe is from the ancient culture(s) of Northern Iran. The convex cutting edges are perpendicular to each other. It has a vertical shaft hole with a collar/ridge around the bottom. There are some obvious chips to the vertical cutting blade but it is otherwise very solid, stable and complete. Axes such as this one were in use from the late third millennium BCE throughout the second millennium BCE. The larger size indicates a date later in that timeframe. This part ...click for details


Copper Alloy Axe From Northern Iran 3rd Millennium BCE

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Pre AD 1000   item# 1222850

Copper Alloy Axe From Northern Iran 3rd Millennium BCE
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$695 

This is a nice copper or copper alloy axe from Northern Iran. It dates to roughly the end of the third millennium BCE. Similar examples can be seen in P.R.S. Moorey Catalog of Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum pp 41-43. Axes of this type are commonly attributed either to the broad classification of Luristan or to the Elamite culture. This particular piece weighs 222 grams and measures 8 cm in length. It is 6.5 cm tall and roughly 2.5 cm wide at the top of the socket. It is very sol ...click for details


Beautiful Dong Son Culture Copper Alloy Dagger

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Pre AD 1000   item# 1222846

Beautiful Dong Son Culture Copper Alloy Dagger
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$1495 

This is a beautiful and rare copper alloy dagger from the Dong Son culture of southeast Asia circa 250 BCE. It has an attractive patina that belies its high tin content alloy. The edges of the blade are chipped as is common for the brittle nature of high tin content bronze objects. The remaining metal appears to be solid and stable with no signs of repair or restoration. The hollow portion of the perforated handle is filled with either soil or wood remains (or both). The piece is just over 30 cm ...click for details


Ancient Egyptian Bronze Dagger

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Bronze: Pre AD 1000   item# 1182746

Ancient Egyptian Bronze Dagger
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$1195 

This is an ancient bronze dagger from the middle east, possibly Egypt. The apparent high-copper content of the alloy and the general design put it prior to 1200 BCE.Bronze weapons were not made in ancient Egypt until after 2000 BC near the end of the Old Kingdom. It wasn’t until the Hyksos invasion of Egypt and their subsequent overthrow(circa 1550 BC), that the Egyptians began large scale production of bronze weapons using technologies learned from the Hyksos and neighboring cultures. Consequen ...click for details


Ancient Bronze Spear Marlik Culture Piscopo Collection

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Bronze: Pre AD 1000   item# 1180608

Ancient Bronze Spear Marlik Culture Piscopo Collection
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$299 

This is a fantastic, ancient bronze spear or dagger attribute to the Marlik Culture circa 1200-900 BCE. It has a beautiful leaf-shaped blade with strong midrib. The tang has the classic 90 degree bend with knob on the end still intact. It measures nearly 25 cm in length and weighs 192 grams. It has a fantastic and lively patina. The metal is strong and stable. There are no signs of repair or restoration. This piece is from the collection of the late John Piscopo.


Large Bronze Dagger or Spear Ancient Lebanon

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Near Eastern: Metalwork: Pre AD 1000   item# 1180554

Large Bronze Dagger or Spear Ancient Lebanon
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$295 

This specimen is a large bronze dagger or spear from ancient Lebanon. I do not have a specific cultural attribution for it as of yet but often these types get the blanket classification of Luristan. It may also be Marlik. There are some losses to the blade edges but the rest of the piece appears solid and stable with no signs of repair or restoration. It measures right at 32 cm in length and weighs 213 grams.The blade is over a cm thick near the center and a half cm at the tip.


Warring States Two Ring Bronze Sword

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Pre AD 1000   item# 1145436

Warring States Two Ring Bronze Sword
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This is a very nice two-ring bronze sword from the Warring States period of ancient China. It comes from an old German collection. It appears to have been cleaned and then treated with wax to preserve the finish. The final photograph shows a closeup of the patina with the remnants of the sealing wax. There is also a museum or collection marked written on the blade. There is some pitting to the blade surface but overall it is solid and stable. The total weight is 545 grams and the total length ...click for details


Spring and Autumn Period Copper Alloy Sword

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Pre AD 1000   item# 1145373

Spring and Autumn Period Copper Alloy Sword
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This is a very nice bronze sword from the Spring and Autumn Period of ancient China (circa 770-476). This piece has a beautiful golden brown color. The blade is very heavy with a prominent midrib and beveled blade edges. The hollow round handle has what appear to be a few small casting flaws where there is loss to the metal. The rest of the piece is very solid and stable. Weapons of this type are becoming increasingly difficult to find. The overall length of the piece is right at 50cm and the we ...click for details


Eastern Zhou Dagger Axe with Inscribed Nei

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Pre AD 1000   item# 1136144

Eastern Zhou Dagger Axe with Inscribed Nei
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$4995 

This rare, triangular blade ge appears to have been exposed to a process during manufacture that created a mottled appearance on the surface. This surface treatment is known to have been performed on pieces manufactured in southeast Asia during the Eastern Zhou period. Though its original lustre is long lost, evidence of its former beauty is still evident on portions of the blade. The overall patina is a deep brown mixed with shades of green. There are some losses to the edges of the blade a ...click for details


Silla Period Ancient Korean Bronze Mirror

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Korean: Pre AD 1000   item# 1135401

Silla Period Ancient Korean Bronze Mirror
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This is a very interesting and unique lobed bronze mirror from ancient Korea. It dates to the Silla Dynasty (57 BC – 935 AD) which was one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea, and one of the longest sustained dynasties in Asian history. This particular piece has decorations of sea animals in relief, making it exceedingly rare. It measures 9.2 cm across and weighs 118 grams. It shows no sign of repair or restoration.


Ancient Bronze Sword Luristan or Egypt

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Pre AD 1000   item# 1124370

Ancient Bronze Sword Luristan or Egypt
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This is a copper alloy dagger or short sword. It has an interesting patina consisting primarily of light to medium green tones (likely malachite) mottled with red and reddish brown areas (likely copper oxides). There are areas where the deep brown, lightly corroded base metal is still visible and somewhat lustrous. The entire hilt, including the crescent-shaped pommel, is bordered by a thick and even ridge which would have served to contain the grip scales made of bone, wood, or ivory. The sca ...click for details


Fine Warring States Period Two-Ring Sword

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Pre AD 1000   item# 1124346

Fine Warring States Period Two-Ring Sword
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This is a bronze sword from ancient China. It dates to the latter part of the Eastern Zhou dynasty (475-221 BC) which is called the Warring States period. This period in Chinese history was one of instability and conflict between many smaller kingdom-states. Swords of this type are called “two-ring” swords because of the two prominent rings located on the hilt. The Chinese term for this weapon is “jian” which refers to a double-edged sword. This style of jian is generally attributed to either ...click for details


Large Copper Alloy Decorated Spearhead Ancient Sichuan

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Pre AD 1000   item# 1116546

Large Copper Alloy Decorated Spearhead Ancient Sichuan
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This is an amazing copper alloy spear head from ancient China - likely dating to the late Zhou dynasty. It was excavated in what is now the Sichuan province and I believe it to be from the Ba or Ba-Shu culture. Liewen, tao-tie and other decorations are incised into the socket area on both sides. The socket extends almost to the tip of the spear and has remnants of the wooden shaft inside. The delicate attachment loops are still intact. There are no signs of repair or restoration to this fabulou ...click for details


Ancient Chinese Minority Culture Decorated Bronze Spear

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Edged Weapons: Pre AD 1000   item# 1115339

Ancient Chinese Minority Culture Decorated Bronze Spear
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This is a beautifully decorated bronze socketed spear point from Sichuan Province. It is most likely from the Ba or Ba-Shu minority culture that flourished in that area. The style and decor are reminiscent of the Shang period but as was often the case with minority culture pieces, this probably dates to a few centuries later. It's delicate attachment loops on either side are still intact and there are no signs of repair. It has a central reinforcing rib and decorations on two surfaces that s ...click for details


Incredible Bronze Ge Axe, Buckle and Finial Set

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Pre AD 1000   item# 1115337

Incredible Bronze Ge Axe, Buckle and Finial Set
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Just released from my personal collection is this fantastic set of three pieces that date circa ancient China's Western Zhou period; a decorated bronze dagger axe with and accompanying horse bridle fitting decorated with coiled snakes, and a bird finial. All three pieces were purportedly uncovered together. The bridle fitting was partially cleaned to reveal the magnificent coiled snake decor. The bird finial appears to have originally been inlaid but the material is now gone. The dagger ...click for details

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