5 December 2012
A EUROPEAN BRONZE SWORD
SOUTH-CENTRAL EUROPE, LATE BRONZE AGE, CIRCA 11TH CENTURY B.C.
The lanceolate blade with a raised rounded midrib, tapering to the sharp cutting edges, with an incised linear border along its length, inserted into the separately-cast hilt, with two rivets joining the arched guard to the blade, the grip with four raised bands, each flanked by incised bands, the disk-shaped pommel with a terminal knob, incised concentric circles on the top, a band of stippling on the underside
27 in. (68.6 cm.) long
Private Collection, Chemnitz, Germany, acquired prior to the 1970s; thence by descent.
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For similar examples see pl. 151, p. 198 in Born and Hensen, Helme und Waffen Alteuropas.
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