London, South Kensington
6 November 2002
A EUROPEAN BRONZE AGE SWORD
12TH CENTURY B.C.
The long bronze blade with broad flattened mid-rib, serrated edges at the base, the hilt decorated with two chased bands of connecting spirals, rows of dotted arches above, a rivet attaching hilt to blade at either side of arched guard, disc-shaped pommel with knob terminal and decorated overall with rows of incised hatches
23½ in. (59.7 cm.) long
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H. Born and S. Hansen, Helme und Waffen Alteuropas: Sammlung Axel Guttmann, IX, Mainz, 2001, p. 110, pls. 90, XIX, 153-154 (AG 1009).
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