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This is a bronze sword from ancient China. It dates to the Eastern Zhou dynasty (770-221 BC). The latter part of the Eastern Zhou dynasty (475-221 BC) is called the Warring States period. This period in Chinese history was one of instability and conflict between many smaller Kingdom-states. The Warring States period officially ended when China was unified under Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di in 221 BC.
Swords of this type are called "two-ring" swords because of the 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 the Wu or the Yue state. These weapons have been recovered in the Shanxi, Hubei, Henan, and Guangxi Provinces, which is a testament to their wide usage and popularity.
This particular sword has a rounded tip and straight edges which indicate it may be an early type, designed for slashing rather than stabbing.
The blade is very heavy with a subtle midrib and tapered edges. There are what appears to be mineralized organic materials in the patina of the blade and the handle. Organic material on the blade would likely be remnants of the original wooden scabbard. The organic material on the handle is consistent with the silk cord wrapping common on these pieces.
For similar examples see “Weapons in Ancient China” by Yang Hong, Science Press New York, p.112, figure 158.
The total length of this piece is an enormous64 cm with a weight of 931 grams.
Please see the micrographs in the enlargements