Lot 1229. A rare gold-inlaid bronze sword, early Warring States period, first half 5th century BC; 21¾ in. (55.1 cm.) long. Estimate 10,000 - USD 15,000. Price realised USD 23,750. © Christie's Images Ltd 2013
The long tapering blade has beveled edges and a distinct median ridge. The guard is inlaid on either side in fine gold wire with foliate scroll and the hilt is cast with two circular flanges below a circular, dished pommel inlaid with a circular fret pattern.
Provenance: Dragon Culture, Hong Kong, mid 1990s.
Christie's. Fine Chinese Furniture, Archaic Bronzes and Works of Art, New York, 21 - 22 March 2013