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Sword with A Horse-Head-Shaped Handle
 

            

Late Period of the Shang Dynasty

Length:32cm

Unearthed in 1965 from Yantoucun,Suide County,Shaanxi Province

  With a handle in the shape of a horse head,this sword is a gem of a collection of articles

for daily use from a minority nationality of the Shang Dynasty,called'Gui Fang'.This kind of

artifact has also been excavated in Qinglong of Hebei Province,Shilou of ShanXi Province and Fuhao's

Tomb of Yinxu Ruins at Anyang,Henan Province.Using the head of a snake ,horse,or sheep as the

handle of  a kinfe or sword is the decorative feature of this nomadic tirbe from Northern China.