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Dian Kingdom info needed
Topic Started: Apr 14 2013, 02:00 PM (807 Views)
S. Workman
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Does anyone know any good sources for information on the weapons of the Dian Kingdom of Yunnan? Once in a while in a general archaeology book there is a scrap, but not a great deal of specifics. I would ask Kenneth Blair but he seems to have disappeared; he was definitely the go-to guy on BA China. The swords I am looking for are the wonderful bimetallic swords with the incredibly sculptured geometric grips and the iron blades, among others.
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S. Workman
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Here is an example of the hilts. They are very cool, but the blades I think are always gone, at least I haven't seen one.
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Jeroen Zuiderwijk
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Ik know it's amongst these galleries somewhere:
http://picasaweb.google.com/116512474184071531500

But I leave it up to you to browse through them :) Which isn't a bad thing to do, as Gary Todd did an incredible job of photographing a vast amount of Chinese bronzes in musea. Well worth a look!
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Jeroen Zuiderwijk
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And also:

http://www.chinahistoryforum.com/index.php...early-iron-age/
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S. Workman
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Thanks Jeroen, I have also contacted a UCLA professor about these, and he gave me a number of leads.
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Jeroen Zuiderwijk
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If you find any pics of examples with blade LMK!

Oh, and I found the picture I was looking for. It's not one of the spiked types, but it's a closely related sword.
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S. Workman
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That is really sweet. The spiked blades are wonderful, very cool. The Dian bronze casters were incredible anyway, they made entire vignettes on the rim of vessels, showing scenes from daily life. Plus, they were equestrian headhunters, so there is that....
http://ejournal.anu.edu.au/index.php/bippa...iewFile/180/170
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