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Northern Italic type. There is a flanged tang for insertion in the hilt. Six rivets remain at the flaring portion of the blade. In Central Europe this type of sword is termed Sprockhoff 1 (a). Excellent preservation, with yellow (cleaned) Tiber patina.

Provenance

By date unknown: said to have been found near Bologna with objects 61.375, 61.377, 61.378, and 61.379; by 1960: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; May 10, 1961: purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G. for $ 1400 - (this is the total price of 61.375-61.379).

Credit Line

Classical Department Purchase Fund in memory of Miss Grace Nelson

Italic, Bronze Age, Late Bronze Age, about 1300–1200 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 533; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Length: 64 cm (25 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

61.376

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Warfare, hunting, & fishing, Swords, Daggers, Knives