• Single-Edged Sword (fragment)

    Technique:
    forged with incisions
    Dimensions:
    l. 21,4 cm

Single-Edged Sword (fragment)

Created: Era of the Avars' and Khazars' State. Mid - 7th century

Found: Pereshchepina Complex. near Poltava, the Village of Malaya Pereshchepina

Title:

Single-Edged Sword (fragment)

Archaeological site:

Pereshchepina Complex

Technique:

forged with incisions

Dimensions:

l. 21,4 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1914; transferred from the Imperial Archaeological Commission

Inventory Number:

1930-2

Comment:

The sword has a peculiarity: if hund from the left side of a belt with th ace side up, the blade points upwards. Therefore the sword was meant to hang on the right side. Consequently one can conclude that its owner was left-handed. Tha same design of flat circles on the hilt is to be seen on the three plates (1930/51,52,53) which presumably covered the belt from which this sword was hung.