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Sword
Bronze Sword
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The hilt of this bronze sword takes the form of an ibex or mountain goat’s head. The head displays a combination of abstracted and naturalistic forms; two perfectly round eyes; lifelike vertically poised ears; well-modeled nose with circular nostrils; beard below the mouth; and two prominent horns.The steep half oval form of the handle also reads as the animal’s horns. The lower handle with thumb hole may be seen as a beard. The bronze sword is a unique relic of Mongolian history and culture, providing for a remarkable piece of evidence in the development of animal images in the arts.

History of the Object
Swords and knives with images of wild sheep, ibex, deer and other animals are frequently found on the territory of Mongolia. This sword is a classical example of the ancient art of Mongolia and Central Asia.

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Type
Weaponry 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
Length 56 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Umnugobi Province, Mongolia 
Geography
Mongolia 
Time period
BCE 12th century ~ BCE 8th century 
Creation date
BCE; 12th Century BCE - 8th Century BCE; 1200-700 BCE 
Function
weapon 
Acquisition
The museum does not know when it acquired the object. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Fine Arts Museum of Zanabazar 
Museum
The Fine Arts Museum of Zanabazar 
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