London, South Kensington
28 April 2004
A NORTH EUROPEAN BRONZE AGE SWORD
14TH-13TH CENTURY B.C.
The long straight bronze blade with pronounced mid-rib and tang, the pommel with lozenge-shaped terminal recessed for inlay with rings around a central boss; and a sheet bronze hand-guard for the left hand, decorated with embossed dot-punched decoration, with everted wrist flange, late 2nd/early 1st millennium B.C.
25 3/8 in. (64.5 cm.) and 4¾ in. (12 cm.) long respectively (2)
Item one: sold Hermann Historica, Munich, 34, November 1996, lot 986.
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H. Born and S. Hansen, Helme und Waffen Alteuropas: Sammlung Axel Guttmann, IX, Mainz, 2001, pp. 118 and 274, pl. 95 (AG 88) and pp. 89, 263ff. and 274, pls. 74, 220-222 and VIII (AG 1001) respectively.
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