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Date: June 05, 2007 01:07AM
a Bronze Age Masterpiece in ancient weaponry. Items of this calibre are near
impossible to obtain as the majority are to be found in state museums. This
artefact has been de-accessioned from an old English collection and we are very
privileged to have been given the opportunity to offer it. Provenance: Found
near water in the tributaries of the river Danube in West Germany. Via German
auction house in Munich. It exhibits a superb green-azurite patina and
ncrustation on the handle, and a honey-green water patina on the blade. The
weapon is intact, unrestored and uncleaned.
The handle viewed vertically, stylistically resembles a human figure. The blade
is slender, aerodynamic and leaf-shaped with a long and prominent mid-rib.
Almost certainly a weapon which would have been used once in a ritual killing
and then flung in the water by a high Priest. I refer to the "Bog man"
currently in the British Museum. Several similar "Bog men" have now
been found in Western Europe. A true masterpiece! In antiquity such a sword
would have been owned by high nobility; then, probably worth as much as a
private Jet today! The new owner would be advised to publish this masterpiece
and take it to his or her nearest state museum where it can be recorded into the
archaeological literature. Length of Weapon: 19 inches. Length of handle and
pommel: 3 3/4 inches. The date of manufacture of this weapon is the Bronze Age
some 1500 to 1000 BC. Our early western European Ancestors believed in powerful
Water Spirits and Human Sacrifice. Humans, often enemies, but on occasions
respected local noblemen, were sacrificed in a ritual fashion with such swords
near the water to upease the Gods or to ask for a favour to be granted. Often
after the sacrifice, the high priests or druids, used to ceremoniously fling
these superb swords into the water as part of the sacrifice ritual, as a further
offering to the Gods. Hence the fact that these precious objects have often been
retrieved from fresh water.