Art of Swords

Sword
/sôrd/
Noun
1. A weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.
2. An instrument of death or destruction.

Knife

  • Dated: 8th century B.C.E. (Before Common Era)
  • Culture: Chinese (Northeast China or southeast Inner Mongolia)
  • Medium: bronze
  • Measurements: L. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)

Personal weapons and tools, generally of small scale, were common objects among the sedentary people living in northeastern China from the ninth through seventh century B.C.E.

Knives were especially popular and were often decorated with geometric motifs, such as the zigzag pattern on one side of this example, or with images of wild animals, such as the four horned beasts aligned on the other. This knife is further embellished with a realistically rendered human face at the top.

Source: © 2000–2012 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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