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Fragment of an iron sword

Cypro-Archaic II
6th century B.C.
Bronze, iron, silver, ivory
H. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 174
The surviving fragment is the tang of an iron sword like 74.51.5670. The tang was edged with silver and revetted with ivory held in place with silvered bronze rivets. The two swords are exceptionally important because they correspond to weapons mentioned by the poet Homer. Typically Cypriot, they are best represented by a complete example found at Salamis, which may have been a center for their production.
Myres, John L. 1914. Handbook of the Cesnola Collection of Antiquities from Cyprus. no. 4727, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1915. Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes. no. 1464, p. 402, 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. 270, pp. 164-5, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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