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Central Asian Bronze Knife - 2nd Millennium BCE

Central Asia, ca. late 2nd to 1st millennium BCE. A rare example of a cast bronze knife from this region, with one edge curved and sharpened, the other slightly wider and blunt. One end has a flattened, narrow pommel, cast as a single piece with the blade. The production of bronze weapons in this area - which encompasses a huge geographical extent, stretching from the Caspian 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: 6.75" L (17.1 cm); 3.05" H (7.7 cm) on included custom stand.

See similar examples in Davis-Kimbal J. "Nomads of the Eurasian steppes in the Early Iron Age", Zinat Press, CA, 1995, pg. 322, fig. 1.

Condition: Intact, with dark patina and some areas of beautiful bright blue patina. There is a mark on the tang from a handle. Blade edge is slightly corroded. Otherwise excellent.

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection

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