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Title

Chinese sword

475 BCE-221 BCE

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Eastern Zhou circa 770 - 256 BCE Zhou dynasty circa 1100 - 256 BCE → China
    Date
    475 BCE-221 BCE
    Media category
    Metalwork
    Materials used
    bronze
    Dimensions
    48.7 x 4.0 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Michael Hobbs 2002
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    295.2002
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    The object has features of a classic Chinese sword of the period from late Spring & Autumn (770-476 BCE) to Warring States dynasties (475-221 BCE). The long blade has a central edge on both sides, and the lower third is narrow to form a slender ogive. The blades are nearly rhombic in section. The guard is broad and thicker than the blade, and is decorated with geometric ornaments, originally heightened by incrusted turquoise particles (now missing). From a saddle between the rounded shoulders of the guard, the stout, solid handle rises with two ring-rolls and a pommel in the shape of a generally conical disk.

    This type of sword made its appearance around 500 BCE. It was probably around the beginning of the Han dynasty that bronze swords had gone out of fashion (outnumbered by iron ones).

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 15 October 2002.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China