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Bronze sword blade

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Sword blade and tang in bronze. Made in China, 3rd phase, Zhou Dynasty.

Measurements:
l: 35 7/8 in; gt w: 1 3/8 in; l (blade): 31 in

Provenance:
Anon., Sotheby’s, 15 April 1948, lot 94, purchased by Bluett & Sons for Sir William Burrell, £48; by whom gifted to the Corporation of the City of Glasgow, 1948.

Published sources
Sotheby & Co., 15 April 1948, Catalogue of Chinese ceramics and works of art, various properties, lot 94.

Manuscript sources
Bluett & Sons, Sales Day Book 19/411
Sir William Burrell, Purchase Book 1948(1) p.49: ‘A good sword with fine patination enriched with malachite encrustation, the long pointed blade double edged and ridged in the centre, with four facets on each side, the guard and quillons missing, also the grip, but the tang of the handle is of oval section tapering slightly to the pommel. Blade 30", handle 5 1/2". Chou Dynasty’.

What:
8_55, bronzes, sword blade and tang, swords

Who:
Dealer, Bluett & Sons
Auction house, Sotheby & Co.

Dates:
Sold at Sotheby's 1948.

Periods:
EARLY DYNASTIES
Western Zhou, 1027-771 BC

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