London, South Kensington
28 April 2004
A EUROPEAN BRONZE AGE SWORD
CIRCA 10TH CENTURY B.C.
With leaf-shaped bronze blade, the pierced hilt with five remaining rivets and notched edges, repaired; and a bronze breastplate attachment from leather cuirass, the roundel with concentric ridges around domed nipple, attachment loop at rear, circa 1000 B.C.
21 5/8 in. (55 cm.) long and 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm.) diam. respectively (2)
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H. Born and S. Hansen, Helme und Waffen Alteuropas: Sammlung Axel Guttmann, IX, Mainz, 2001, pp. 116 and 274, pl. 88 (AG 1013); and pp. 89 and 277, pl. 72 (AG 1127) respectively.
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