AN EARLY IRON AGE SOLID CAST SILVER MINIATURE DAGGER
A precious diminutive version of a bronze short sword, probably intended for ceremonial wear as an indication of status, and/or as tomb furniture. Strongly influenced by weapons from northwestern China.
Eurasian Steppes, Scythian, 6th–4th Century BC
Height: 10.6 cm. (4 3/16 in.)
Width: 2.4 cm. (0 15/16 in.)
Ex: American private collection of R.B., European market, 1992.
Antiquarium, Ltd.; Ancient Treasures XIX. (London, 2020) p.13
Yang Jianhua, Shao Huiqiu, Pan Ling zhu; The metal road of the eastern Eurasian steppe : the growing of Xiongnu confederation and the silk road (Shanghai, 2017)