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Iron, silver, and bronze sword

Period:
Cypro-Archaic II
Date:
6th century B.C.
Culture:
Cypriot
Medium:
Iron, silver, and bronze
Dimensions:
H. 23 3/8 in. (59.4 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
74.51.5670
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
The blade was either of iron or possibly steel and is now almost completely mineralized; it preserves traces of its scabbard that was made of wood, possibly covered with leather. At the handle end of the blade, the tang was edged with silver and revetted with ivory. The single surviving rivet is of bronze, with silver over the head.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4726, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 1463, pp. 401-2, New York: Gilliss Press.

Karageorghis, Vassos, Joan Mertens, and Marice E. Rose. 2000. Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 268, pp. 164-5, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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