Sword blade with inlaid hilt.
Spring & Autumn period – 771 to 475 BCE
Iron, gold & turquoise
Gate ring holder (pushou) with a beast pattern.
Western Han Dynasty – 206 BCE to 220 CE
Jade (This was enormous, must have been a huge gate)
Ornamental Belt Buckle
Western Han Dynasty – 206 BCE to 9 CE
Gold inlaid with agate, hematite, turquoise & shell.
Made from a single sheet of gold and decorated with real and mythological creatures.
Qin Dynasty – 221 – 206 BCE
Qin Dynasty – 221 to 206 BCE
These arrowheads came from arrows shot using ‘nu’ or crossbows which the chinese invented before 450 BCE. It was during this time that the Chinese knew how to coat weapons with chromium, known today as chrome plating to keep blades hard, sharp and rust resistant, 2,000 years before it appeared in Western countries.