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New Gallery Of Ancient Bronze Weaponry From Western Asia

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 Posted 12/26/2019  9:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, Ron. Perhaps, though, not as impressive as some of the elaborately wrapped grips of Echizen swords.
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 Posted 12/27/2019  12:58 am  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think a 3000 year old hilt would beat a 600 year old Japans sword hilt hands down. Especially if it was used in combat, there is so much more history there.
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 Posted 12/27/2019  9:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I hope this thread continues to grow, as I find the subject fascinating. The essay is clear and very informative, and the gallery of bronze weaponry is awesome. I have never seen the like of some of these blades and hilts before.

I have a few arrowheads, and tried to identify them from the images in the gallery, but some are either outwith the time period and region, or they are possibly fake.

Just a thought, but it has already been mentioned that a warrior's sword would be buried with him for use in the afterlife. In the making of a blade for a mighty warrior (which would take months) it took on it's own spirit, so man and blade could become one. In some cultures when the warrior was buried, the blade was purposely bent and buried with him, so that no one else could use it. They would be reunited intact in the afterlife.

A brilliant piece of work Bob. Thanks for sharing.

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 Posted 12/27/2019  9:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, Jim. Interesting comments.

Feel welcome to post the arrowheads, either here in this thread or in a new one. I'd love to see them.
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 Posted 12/28/2019  12:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Bob, if it's OK with the Mods I'd rather put the arrowheads in another thread, and leave this one for your work. It would be a shame to spoil this thread.

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 Posted 12/28/2019  2:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sounds good to me, Jim. The mods have been pretty patient with the posting of some antiquities, especially since they do provide some context for the coins. Hopefully that allowance will continue. Looking forward to seeing your arrowheads.
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 Posted 01/25/2020  11:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I finally got around to properly photographing and cataloging round two of my weapons acquisitions. For anyone who may be interested, descriptions of this round are at this link:

http://www.forumancientcoins.com/bo...en#msg732249

The direct link to the gallery is here:

http://www.forumancientcoins.com/ga...p?album=7069

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 Posted 01/26/2020  05:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fascinating!
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 Posted 01/26/2020  1:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice Bob....I found it really interesting reading through your gallery.
I also noticed that a large number of your pieces have excellent provenance as well.
Your photographic skills are pretty impressive too....
An outstanding collection Bob! Congratulations Paul
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 Posted 01/26/2020  2:47 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, guys. Yes, Paul, I look for items with strong provenance when possible. Thanks especially for the nice comment about the photography. I am certainly trying my best, despite using a pretty old camera with limited capability. It's a process - and is particularly challenging when I try to collage images that include some close up details, as with the hilts and that recent sword purchase. I'm hoping that, after going to one of the pages in the gallery, people will realize they can again click on the image pic for a larger version to pop up. I've probably been pushing the Forum mods' patience to the limit with image sizes (they're not gigantic, but some are over 400 kb, which is large for the site). I have been wanting to show the details of the patinas, which can be interesting and, I think, attractive.
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 Posted 01/26/2020  4:44 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Bob, I always enjoy seeing you blades. It is a wonderful collection with a lot of history behind it.
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 Posted 01/26/2020  4:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, Ron.
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 Posted 01/29/2020  10:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
An impressive work - even more impressive with round two.

As others have previously mentioned, your photographic skills are second to none Bob.

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 Posted 01/29/2020  8:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, Jim. Naw, my photo work is at best adequate given the old camera I'm using. That's not false modesty. My shots are better than some, I suppose, but quite inferior to so many I see posted. I do what I can.
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