Bronze Age European Sword
An ancient Bronze Age European bronze sword of the Donauland type. The two-edged blade has a bulging middle rib, a flat punched hilt tongue with beveled edges, and punched holes at the crossing.
Middle Bronze Age, Central Europe.
The inhabitants of Central Europe from Gaul to the Danube Basin in the second millennium BC coalesced into a culture identified in the archaeological record by large well defined cemeteries containing numerous cremation burials contained in cinerary urns. The graves were often accompanied by bronze tools and ornaments. The wealthiest burials were those of warriors and princes, often containing finely made bronze swords, spears, and adornments.
Cf. P. Schauer, Die Schwerter in Suddeutschland, Osterreich und der Schweiz I, PBF IV 2 (1971) pl. 90f. no. 529ff.
Formerly in a German private collection.