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Saka / Scythian Bronze Dagger
Topic Started: Sep 23 2012, 10:48 PM (663 Views)
Rob G.
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Greetings

I have had this fragmental bronze dagger for about 20 years. It was found in the Northern Tian Shan as are several others in my collection. The dagger was supposed to be from one of the Saka tribes in the area. It was reportedly found in the 50s or 60s and they cleaned things a little more than I prefer.

The alloy has a definite reddish hue to it so it looks like it has more copper than the typical bronze of the others. The blade section was broken with extensive corrosion.

I have done a fair bit of research on the archeaology of the area and have found some old Soviet publications that show similar items.

I am looking for anyone who could help me with this dagger and the others I have. Most show different animal pommels but this is the only one with the typical Scythian stag motif.

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Any Help would be appreciated
Best Regards
Rob
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LuciŽn Olinga
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Hey Rob,
That's quite a piece you've got there!
Too bad nobody has got some info on it so far..
In cases like this I'm always a little sceptical because it looks like a piece that should be in an exhibition or something rather than a private collection.. I wonder how you got it and where the one you got it from got it..for all we know this piece could be a missing artifact from a far eastern emperors tomb and when real archeologists finally got to catalog the contents there was nothing but a few pieces of pottery and some decayed bones left..

Greetings LuciŽn..
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Rob G.
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Thanks for the reply.

I wish I had more information on it.
I agree that the object in context would be infinitely more interesting. I hope it was a stray find.

Bought it from an antiques dealer overseas. All I know is that it came from a Retired Soviet Archaeologists collection and there were a few unrelated pieces for sale from the estate. I know it might sound stupid but I wanted to "save" the items and keep them together instead of being scattered across the planet. There were a couple Kushan items from the same region besides the Saka ones.

I have assembled quite a library of Soviet publications on the area but I am looking for a little more information on the items.

Best Regards
Rob
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Todd Feinman
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That is a very nice piece! You might google the book Scythian Gold, take a look at the contributors, and see if you can track them down. If I had time and money for Scythian stuff I'd definitely want a reproduction of that --you could have one made...
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