Ancient Chinese Jian Bronze Sword Warring States Period 475–221 BC
Authentic, ancient Chinese Jian compound bronze sword Warring States period (475–221 B.C.)
A very rare bimetallic bronze sword of extremely high quality with a long tapering double edged blade with a median ridge, beveled edges, shaped cross-guard, and a slightly tapered hilt with two hoops and dished form pommel.
The grip has remnants of calcified braided cord wrapping.
These swords were cast in several stages and this one has a softer core of higher copper content for increased tensile strength to be able to flex to prevent breakage, but the edges are with a higher tin content to hold harder, sharper edges to retain cutting power. Swords like this were generally crafted for very important or high-ranking individuals.
CONDITION: The bronze has a silver-grey patina and extensive malachite green encrustation. The blade was broken and repaired by inserted metal pins and secured by epoxy for the metal. Part of the pommel is broken off. There are some nicks from combat on the edges of the blade clearly indicating that the sword was used in combat, but the edges of the blade are still sharp. Please notice that the pictures in the listing are a part of the description of the condition of the object.
Overall length: 45.7 cm (17.99 inches)
Length of the blade 36.5 cm (14.37 inches)
Width of the blade: 4.9 cm (1.93 inches)
Weight: 705 grams (1.55 pounds)
PROVENANCE: From an old Canadian collection formed in the 1980s.
1. The Path to Victory: Exhibition of the Art of War and Fine Antiques of the Ancient Chinese Military, by ZHONG GUO REN MIN GE MING JUN SHI BO WU GUAN BEN SHE.
2. Soldiers of the Dragon: Chinese Armies 1500 B.C. - A.D. 1840, by C.J. Peers.
3. Ancient Chinese Armies, 1500 B.C. - 200 B.C., by C.J. Peers.
The buyer will be provided with a copy of the pages from the mentioned references, together with a certificate of authenticity.
To view the related swords in the collections of Macao Museum of Art, please see the link below:
Due to the fact that the market is flooded with reproductions of ancient Chinese Bronze swords, which for inexperienced collectors look the same as the authentic artifacts, we would like to inform our clients that this is a 100% authentic ancient Chinese sword from the Warring States Period (475–221 B.C.) and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.