Two archaic gilt-bronze swords (Jian), Warring States period - Western Han dynasty | 戰國至西漢 銅鎏金龍紋劍及銅鎏金劍
Important Archaic Bronzes from the MacLean Collection
Two archaic gilt-bronze swords (Jian)
Warring States period - Western Han dynasty
the shaft of the longer sword centered on both sides by a raised ridge tapering to form a sharp blade along both edges and drawing to a pointed tip, each beveled side chased with the outline of a chilong with its mouth open near the hilt and its curvilinear body terminating in a pointed tail at the tip, the shaft and hilt guard entirely gilt aside from the sharp edges of the blade, the oval-section handle with two raised fillets and a flaring terminus with traces of gilt, the shorter sword of the same general form, the plain surfaces of the blade decorated in gilt, set with a slender trumpet-form handle, metal stand, Japanese wood box (5)
Length of longer 18 in., 45.7 cm
Both swords are in overall good condition with expected wear including some minor chips to the edges of the blade, consistent with age.
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Acquired in 1989.
Christie's London, 13th November 2001, lot 53.
The longer sword:
Richard A. Pegg and Zhang Lidong, The MacLean Collection: Chinese Ritual Bronzes, Chicago, 2010, pl. 80.
彭銳查及張立東，《The MacLean Collection: Chinese Ritual Bronzes》，芝加哥，2010年，圖版80