probably Central European

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 370

The geographic span of the sites in which similar examples have been excavated suggest that this sword belongs to a very popular type in Middle Bronze Age Europe. Constructed of two separate cast elements, a blade and a grip that are riveted together, the sword is notable for the pattern of spiral ornament that adorns the grip and the pommel, of which many variants have been recorded.

Sword, Bronze, probably Central European

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