Authentic Antique 6th -5th century B.C. (Spring and Autumn period). Eastern Scythian (Xiongnu/Hu - Scyth-Siberian) bronze short sword – dagger "Akinakes, Acinaces” antennae type II Northern China - Inner Mongolia. Comprising of a pointed beveled blade the flattened handle with ribbed grip rectangular in outline with pommel design with two adjoining circles symbolizing the beaks of two birds, the guard decorated with motive of stylised two birds heads facing the sides, with eyes and beak well demarcated.
Acquire in 1927. The collection stock markings are painted on the ricasso near the hilt.
The Scythian people of the Eurasian steppes, occupying a geological band from the Ukraine through to the grasslands above China, shared a common cultural & economic base due to the comparatively harsh environment & lifestyle.
This 'Scythian' art & material culture of the nomads influenced the ancient Chinese art.
To the ancient Greeks, and even in post-Roman times, nomadic peoples might be collectively called 'Scythians', or to the Persians 'Saka' or to the Chinese the 'Hu'.
REFERENCES: 1) Ordos Daggers by S.C. Tang.2) Ancient Bronzes of the Eastern Eurasian Steppes by Emma C. Bunker.
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MEASUREMENTS: The overall length without the scabbard is: 28.6 cm (11 1/4 in).
CONDITION: In its original condition, showing the age and usage, with a dark brown patina.
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