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西漢 錯金銀青銅劍
Sword Blade

Period:
Western Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 9)
Culture:
China
Medium:
Bronze inlaid with gold and silver
Dimensions:
L. 20 1/4 in. (51.4 cm); W. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm); D. 1/4 in. (.6 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Gift of Florance Waterbury, 1965
Accession Number:
65.74.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
The gold and silver wire inlays on this blade depict animals moving through a stylized landscape. As in Han painting, naturalistic forms are reduced to quintessential linear expressions that vividly convey a sense of life and motion.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Wei, Jin, Southern and Northern Dynasties," 2005.

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