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A. Gallo





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PostPosted: Tue 15 Mar, 2011 10:55 pm    Post subject: Phoenician Sword, Iron/Bronze, 6th-4th century B.C.         Reply with quote

This sword is really fascinating to me;

http://www.artemisgallery.com/phoenician-bron...sword.html

The blade is iron and the silhouette would have been at home in the high medieval period but the edge layout is very exotic

The bronze hilt with perpendicular 'crests' is just straight out of a fantasy novel

I'm really interested in seeing more Phoenician & Carthaginian swords if anyone knows of any examples
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Henrik Zoltan Toth




Location: Hungary
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Mar, 2011 3:10 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Cool, I have never seen a phoenician sword before...
The armguard is interesting, it remembers me a little bit on early sabres.

Zoltán
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Lafayette C Curtis




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PostPosted: Thu 17 Mar, 2011 4:34 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It's not unusual if compared to Assyrian and Persian/Iranian sword. Doesn't mean it's not interesting, though. On the other hand, didn't Carthage end up using equipment that had more similarities to contemporary Greek and Roman examples than to the artifacts from their Phoenician homelands? (Although even Phoenicia might have become rather Hellenized by the time Carthage became a big player in Mediterranean politics).
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Johan Gemvik




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PostPosted: Thu 17 Mar, 2011 4:46 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

"It belongs in a museum!"

Really...

"The Dwarf sees farther than the Giant when he has the giant's shoulder to mount on" -Coleridge
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Dan Howard




Location: Maitland, NSW, Australia
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PostPosted: Thu 17 Mar, 2011 5:04 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Apparently the only provinence for this is "ex-private Bir collection" Where was it found? What else was found with it? How did they date the sword?
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Kurt Scholz





Joined: 09 Dec 2008

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PostPosted: Thu 17 Mar, 2011 5:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Buying this item supports treasure hunters, usually part of a criminal network that doesn't earn much less then drug and human trafficking. Because it's of unknown origin you can neither be sure it's not forged.
Paying anything for this item is a crime. One place of origin can be Tunisia where there's been lots of looting recently.
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