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Old 22nd January 2007, 01:27 PM   #1
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Does anybody ever see this thing in museum or book ?
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Old 22nd January 2007, 04:34 PM   #2
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Never seen one before, but it looks like a dagger hilt, and for some reason my hindbrain said "Aztec?" as the source of inspiration. I presume it's gold?

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Old 22nd January 2007, 05:17 PM   #3
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They could be interlaced dragons, warring states 5th century B.C, China? Gold ceremonial sword hilt?
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Old 22nd January 2007, 08:58 PM   #4
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Hi Shangrila,
I must admit my first reaction is Aztec/Mayan styled, the snake was worshipped in their mythology.....and I can see scales. As Tim has said...or dragons Is it yours? Could you post a close-up of the 'hilt' ?
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Old 22nd January 2007, 11:04 PM   #5
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Yes I have seen this before, it is an ancient golden Chinese dagger/sword hilt.

Tim got it on the first try (Good on you mate!)
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Old 23rd January 2007, 03:44 AM   #6
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It's supposed to be a hilt coming from Eastern Zhou dynasty, 6th-5th century BC. Now it's maybe in NY Museum, one guy says.
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