Ancient Chinese Bronze Sword Jian 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, rhombus thin cross-guard, and a slightly tapered tubular hilt leading to the disc-shaped pommel.
CONDITION: The bronze has a silver-grey patina and extensive malachite green encrustation. The grip is cracked and repaired. There is a small hole in the disc pommel, perhaps for suspension cord. Please notice that the pictures in the listing are a part of the description of the condition of the object.
Overall length: 44.7 cm (17.6 inches)
Length of the blade: 35 cm (13.78 inches)
Width of the blade: 3.9 cm (1.69 inches)
Weight: 354 grams (0.78 pounds)
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.
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.
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