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animal mask aperture wall appears ascribed authentic bilaterally symmetrical blade bronze C-spirals carved central axis central vertical axis century after Christ century B.C. chape China Chinese Jades Chinese Sword COLLECT1ON cross-hatched curved DATE decorated surface Depth of upper dynasty elongated C's excavated F1GURE flat forward edge guard Han dynasty Hephthalites hilt hook hydra figures incised lines Kushan larger hydra Late antiquarian late Chou Late Eastern Chou long iron sword long sword low relief lower aperture plate lower end lower hook MATER1AL MEASUREMENTS Museum Pazyryk photo of top piece plain borders plate is ornamented plate over aperture pommel probably projected PROVENANCE REFERENCE relief line ridge rounded knob grains Sarmatian Sasanian scabbard slide scabbard wall side borders similar slightly arched South Russia spirals sword belt terminating thin tomb top and profile upper end upper plate upper surface volutes Western Western Han