Bronze Age Sword Hilt, Urnfield Culture c. 1000-800 BC
Copper alloy; 85mm/102gm, original glossy green patina.
Molded hollow with two vent holes on the end of the hilt and sweeping decorations. The mouth of the hilt was crimped to hold the sword tang.
From a small hoard of axes and sword hilts found near the Danube River, such hoards were often deposited in rivers and wet places like swamps. As these spots were often quite inaccessible, they most probably represent gifts to the gods.
A very rare and beautiful artifact...and certainly under-priced.
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