Bronze Age, Late Bronze Age
about 1300–1200 B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 533; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).
Length: 64 cm (25 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Northern Italic type. There is a flanged tang for insertion in the hilt. Six rivets remain at the flaring portion of the blade. In Central Europe this type of sword is termed Sprockhoff 1 (a). Excellent preservation, with yellow (cleaned) Tiber patina.
By date unknown: said to have been found near Bologna with objects 61.375, 61.377, 61.378, and 61.379; by 1960: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; May 10, 1961: purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G. for $ 1400 - (this is the total price of 61.375-61.379).
Classical Department Purchase Fund in memory of Miss Grace Nelson