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Early Iron age Solid Cast Silver Miniature Dagger

A precious diminutive version of a bronze short sword, probably intended for ceremonial wear as an indication of status, and/or as tomb furniture. Strongly influenced by weapons from northwestern China.

Eurasian Steppes, Scythian, 6th–4th Century BC

Height: 10.6 cm. (4 3/16 in.)

Width: 2.4 cm. (0 15/16 in.)


ex: American private collection (1992 - 2019), acquired on the European market, thence by descent.

Published: Antiquarium, Ltd.; Ancient Treasures XIX. (London, 2020) p.13

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