Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sword of Goujian

The Sword of Goujian,
Unearthed by Chinese Archeologists in 1965, the Sword of Guijan is an ancient bronze sword dating to the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history (771 to 403 BCE).  The most amazing aspects of this sword are its beautiful etchings and its state of preservation.  After over 2,500 years the sword has no corrosion or tarnish and is still razor sharp.  Scientists theorize that its preservation was due to a special alloy of bronze containing copper, tin, lead, iron, arsenic, and sulfur. It was also contained within a well crafted airtight scabbard.  Today the Sword Guijian can be found at the Hubei Provincial Museum.

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