- Western Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 9)
- Bronze inlaid with gold and silver
- L. 20 1/4 in. (51.4 cm); W. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm); D. 1/4 in. (.6 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Florance Waterbury, 1965
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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.