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Ancient Saddle Hilt Iron Blade Sword Iran

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Near Eastern: Pre AD 1000   item# 1183821

Ancient Saddle Hilt Iron Blade Sword Iran
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$1199 

Here we have an incredible example of an ancient iron sword from Northern Iran, possibly Amlash, circa 900 BCE. It has a saddle-shaped pommel with extensive geometric decor on the hilt. The iron blade, though deteriorated, is still intact. The slender and elegant weapon has survived millennia just to be in your collection. There is a crack near the guard area visible in the photos. This fragile and beautiful piece measures 60.5 cm in length in its current condition. There are no visible repairs ...click for details


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


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


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


Warring States Bronze Zhun Sackler Collection

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pre AD 1000   item# 1056210

Warring States Bronze Zhun Sackler Collection
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$995 

This is an ancient Chinese bronze piece called a zhun. It was designed to be put on the bottom end of a pole mounted weapon. This particular piece is from the famed Arthur M Sackler collection and was purchased through Christies in New York. Their tag will stay with the piece. There are stylized animal motifs on the body and the overall style and type are characteristic of weapons used in the Warring States period (ca 400 BCE). The piece is solid and stable with no signs of repair or restoration ...click for details


Shang Dynasty Bronze Ge Dagger Axe

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Pre AD 1000   item# 1035123

Shang Dynasty Bronze Ge Dagger Axe
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$575 

This is a very early, copper alloy, dagger axe (ge) from ancient China. The style indicates that it could be as early as the Shang Dynasty (circa 1100 bc). The deep red patina suggests a very high copper content as was common in Shang period pieces. It is very sold and stable with no signs of repair or restoration. It weighs 173 grams. It measures 19 cm in length and 9.3 cm in height. Authentic Chinese antiquities are becoming very scarce so don't miss your chance to add this piece to your c ...click for details


Zhou Dynasty Bronze Ge Dagger Axe

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Pre AD 1000   item# 1035117

Zhou Dynasty Bronze Ge Dagger Axe
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$575 

This is a great example of a bronze dagger axe or ge. These weapons are unique to the ancient cultures of China and were in use throughout the bronze age. Characteristics of this piece suggest it would date to the Wester Zhou period (ca 700 BC) or possibly even earlier. It is small, with only two perforations for lashing to a pole. It weighs 179 grams. It measures 16.2 cm in length and 8.15 cm in height. It is very heavy, solid and stable with no signs of repair or restoration. It has a rich, gr ...click for details


Early Zhou Dynasty Bronze Ge Dagger Axe

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Pre AD 1000   item# 1035113

Early Zhou Dynasty Bronze Ge Dagger Axe
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$675 

This is a copper alloy dagger axe, or ge, dating to the Zhou Dynasty of ancient China. This weapon type is unique to the cultures of ancient China. It was designed to be used as both a dagger or a pole-mounted axe. The characteristics of this particular piece suggest it dates to the Western Zhou (770-475 BC). One feature that makes this piece somewhat rare and intriguing is the number of perforations in the body. (These perforations were used to lash the weapon to the pole.) There are three rect ...click for details


Ancient Chinese Socketed Bronze Spade or Axe

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Pre AD 1000   item# 1023946

Ancient Chinese Socketed Bronze Spade or Axe
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This is a bronze, socketed axe or spade from ancient China. Pieces such as this one are generally attributed to the Shang Dynasty (1700 BC—1100 BC). The piece is shaped like a wedge when viewed from the side, which would make in an ideal cutting tool. The heavy, flat blade with rounded edges extends from the socket laterally. The blade is slightly wider near distal edge than at the “shoulders”. The socket is rectangular in shape. The hollow portion of the socket end roughly concurrent with ...click for details


Huge Han Dynasty Inscribed Bronze Crossbow Pair

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Pre AD 1000   item# 1020587

Huge Han Dynasty Inscribed Bronze Crossbow Pair
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This is an absolutely astonishing find! This pair of crossbow mechanisms is from the Han dynasty (Circa 100AD) of ancient China. This pair is from the collection of the late Dr Robert Ellsworth and was auctioned by Sotheby's roughly 10 years ago. Both of these mechanisms are solid and stable but the parts are semi-fused due to age. They move but only a little. The unique thing about this pair is that both pieces are inscribed with the armory and date of manufacture (among other things)on the ...click for details


Warring States Bronze Sword Decorated Blade and Pommel

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Pre AD 1000   item# 998849

Warring States Bronze Sword Decorated Blade and Pommel
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Sale $3500 

Pieces such as this rarely get posted on my site for sale due to the extreme rarity and high demand for quality antiquities. This authentic ancient bronze sword dates to the Warring States period of ancient China (circa 450 BCE) and was found in the Anhui provence. There are remnants of high tin content decorations on the blade surface. The pommel also has liner decorations as part of the casting. This amazing weapon shows no signs of repair or restoration and is in good condition considering it ...click for details

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