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Ancient Central Asian Bronze Knife, Ring Handle

Central Asia, late 2nd to 1st millennium BCE. A fine example of a cast bronze knife from this region, with one edge curved and sharpened, the other slightly wider. One end has a small ring handle, cast as a single piece with the blade; the entire knife has a nice dark-green patina. The production of bronze weapons in this area - which encompasses a huge geographical extent, stretching from the Caspian Sea to Mongolia - began to intensify around 2000 BCE. Knives like this one are found in the graves of warriors alongside axes, arrowheads, and spearpoints. Size: 6.125" L (15.6 cm); 5.25" H (13.3 cm) on included custom stand.

Condition: Age-commensurate surface wear, minor bending to blade portion, with minor mineral deposits throughout. Gorgeous green patina covers most surface area.

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection

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