Ancient Bronze KNIFE

Currency:USD Category:Antiques / Asian Antiques Start Price:850.00 USD Estimated At:1,200.00 - 1,600.00 USD
Ancient Bronze KNIFE
Online Auction only, with advance bids accepted at iCollector and at the Gallery. No live bidding
in the Gallery, and tie bids go to the earliest bidder. All proceeds will go 100% to the World Peace Foundation Building Fund of Hadley, MA.
From Sichuan province this decorated bladed weapon was made in three layers - the inner for strength, the middle for resilience (accepting blows) and the outer highly tinned to resist corrosion and to maintain a good edge due to its greater hardness. The outer layer here has been slowly separating from the second layer and flaking away - thereby guaranteeing authenticity. Where the blade meets the handle there is nice granulated-style decoration while the handle itself is hollow and has two spiral-design ears at its corners. Though there also is some chipping to the blade it is not severe, making this a fine example of ancient weapon design and execution. Difficult to find in this era of increased Chinese collecting.