Lot 1229. A rare gold-inlaid bronze sword, early Warring States period, first half 5th century BC; 21¾ in. (55.1 cm.) longEstimate 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.

ProvenanceDragon Culture, Hong Kong, mid 1990s.

Christie's. Fine Chinese Furniture, Archaic Bronzes and Works of ArtNew York21 - 22 March 2013