Bronze Sword with human head design

© Tang West Market Museum

This sword is a one of a kind of weapon with slightly arced back and a stiff blade. The front end of the blade tilts upwards to make a round edge, the thick handle ends with a human head designed on it. The hollowed head has big ears accessorized with round earrings, vivid expression, leaf-like fringe hair, eyes, nose and a smiling mouth. There’s a small bell inside the head, two elliptical holes on the back side of the head and a small round ring on the neck for fastening or hanging. The handle is decorated with wave patterns, grid patterns and arc patterns. The sword is emblematic of a rare and magnificent design.

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