- Museum number
Bronze short sword with flanged hilt and crescent-pommel (T-hilt sword). Wide curved pommel, slender hilt slightly widening in central part, wide curved shoulders; five rivet holes and two rivets extant; short blade narrowing below the shoulders, with almost straight edges and low section with central swelling, decorated with two groups of thin nervatures and incised zigzag lines. Bronze wire originally holding the hilt-plates still attached to the hilt. Small parts missing. Smooth, shiny, brown patina.
Bronze sword sheath with globular terminal. Bronze sheet in one piece, folded to form the rear face. Point ending in a cast double globe surmounted by a cylindrical extension, decorated with five raised horizontal nervatures. Front face decorated on either side with three converging grooves, enclosing incised double zigzag lines and a hatched meander pattern in the centre; one incised line parallel to both edges of the sheet on the rear face. Smooth green patina.
- Production date
ninth century BC - early eighth century BC (Swaddling)
Length: 29.30 centimetres (sheath)
Length: 37 centimetres (sword)
Weight: 163 grammes
Weight: 241 grammes
- Curator's comments
- Sestieri & MacNamara 2007
Analysis: Sword bronze; rivets bronze; wire spirals bronze. See D. Hook report.
See Prehistorische Bronzefunde IV. 1, nos. 205, from Pontecagnano (Salerno), Campania, and 212, from Abruzzo? Type Pontecagnano.
Bibliography: Bietti Sestieri 1986, ‘Weapons and Tools’, 5, no. 12, and fig. p. 17; Macnamara 1990, 10, fig. 7 b.
Analysis: Sword sheath bronze, terminal bronze. See D. Hook report.
See Prehistorische Bronzefunde IV. 1, no. 205a. Type Pontecagnano.
Bibliography: Bietti Sestieri 1986, ‘Weapons and Tools’, 5, no. 13, and fig. p.17.; Macnamara 1990, 10, fig. 7 b.
- On display (G71/dc2)
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number