Jade Sword

Hubei Provincial Museum

Hubei Provincial Museum

In the Warring States Period, Jade was sometimes used as decorations on bronze sword. It was not until the Han dynasty that sword with jade decorations on the hilt, the hand guard, the sheath and the hook (to hang the sword to belt).

This jade sword was found on the marquis’ belt. It is divided into five parts, connected with metal pieces. Except for the hilt and the hand guard, all other pieces are undecorated, presenting the original texture of the jade.

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  • Title: Jade Sword
  • Location: Unearthed from Leigudun Tomb (No.1 ), Suizhou, Hubei
  • Medium: Jade
  • Excavation Date: 1978
  • Dynasty: Around 433 B.C. (the East Zhou Dynasty and the early Warring States Period)
  • Dimensions: Length: 33.6 cm; width: 5.1 cm; thickness: 0.5 cm.


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