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Double-bladed Sword
Kerch, the Crimea
First half of the 5th century AD
Iron, bronze, gold, garnet, paste
L of blade 87 cm

The sheath and hilt were lavishly covered with gold plaques decorated with garnet inlays executed in the cloisonné technique, and the hilt originally ended with a decorative detail. This is a typical example of weaponry of the time of the great migration of peoples. Similar swords were widespread on the vast territory of Eastern and Western Europe, the Black Sea and the Northern Caucasus.

A large part of the collection consists of gold jewellery executed in the polychrome style that was predominant in the period, and these pieces can be divided into two groups: the first group has a combination of gold ground with inlays of semiprecious stones in red and orange shades, the settings made from a narrow gold strip soldered onto the surface to form a border; the second is characterized by the absence of gold ground or filigree decoration, while inlays of soldered bars make up clusters of geometrical pa
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