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Dongpadu (bronze ornament)
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This kind of ornament at the end of a sword handle is of a unique structure that is not commonly found. Delicate cast-iron ware was casted with a fine bronze at once, which shows the high technical level that had been reached. The four horses are simple and match with the square column of a knob shape. They diffuse a beautiful jade-like gloss from a light- green color of bronze rust.

History of the Object
This kind of artifact is often found in Korea and Manchuria and in some parts of Japan, with a narrow shaped bronze sword and Manchurian type bronze sword. But it is impossible to know the correct original shape because there are not many cases where they were found attached to a sword’s handle. The presumed age is A.D. 1st century, and it is a very important artifact to clarify the early metal culture of Korea.

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Type
Weaponry 
Materials
bronze 
Measurements
Width 4,5 cm. Height 4,7 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 1st century ~ AD 1st century 
Creation date
1st Century 
Function
Padu is a kind of ornament attached to the end of a bronze or iron sword and could be made from stone, bronze, clay, etc. but most were made of bronze. 
Acquisition
It is the current policy of the Busan Museum not to publish the acquisition history of its collection on the Internet. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Busan Museum 
Museum
Busan Museum 
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